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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 17 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 17 April 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 17 April 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 17 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 Tuesday 17 April of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 17 April see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the impact of the removal of the 10 pence tax rate on the incomes of people aged (a) between 60 and 65 years and (b) 65 years and older.
(132170)
2
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of cases of and (b) loss of revenue through income tax evasion by those resident in (i) the United Kingdom, (ii) each region and (iii) each London borough in each of the last five years.
(132171)
3
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much and what percentage change he expects in the value of charitable giving using the Gift Aid system in the 2007-08 tax year; and if he will make a statement.
(132341)
4
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the (a) amount and (b) percentage of income charities (i) will receive from tax reclaimed through the Gift Aid system in the 2007-08 tax year if the current level of charitable donations stays the same and (ii) received through Gift Aid in each of the last five tax years; and if he will make a statement.
(132342)
5
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the effect of reducing basic rate income tax on the amount of gift aid received by charitable organisations; and if he will make a statement.
(132343)
6
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue implications of extending the seven year rule for exemption of inheritance tax to 15 years; and if he will make a statement.
(131836)
7
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of (a) pensioners and (b) taxpayers submitting tax returns have only an income tax liability; and if he will make a statement.
(131837)
8
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the cost of raising the inheritance tax threshold to £500,000 in each year from 2007-08 to 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.
(131838)
9
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue implications of raising the threshold at which people pay income tax and national insurance to £50,000 in each year from 2008-09 to 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.
(131839)
10
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue implications of a one per cent. change in the basic rate of income tax in each year from 2007-08 to 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.
(131840)
11
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of income tax payers who would be removed from taxation as a result of raising the income tax threshold to (a) £7,500, (b) £8,000, (c) £8,500, (d) £9,000, (e) £9,500 and (f) £10,000 in each year from 2007-08 to 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.
(131841)
12
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the revenue implications of increasing the personal tax free allowance to (a) £7,500, (b) £8,000, (c) £8,500, (d) £9,000, (e) £9,500 and (f) £10,000 in each year from 2007-08 to 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.
(131842)
13
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths there were from carbon monoxide poisoning in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(132148)
14
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people receiving the national minimum wage, broken down by level of total annual earnings.
(132120)
15
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people newly entitled to working tax credits as a consequence of the announcements made in the 2007 Budget earn the national minimum wage.
(132121)
16
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of people who in 2008-09 will have a marginal tax rate of (a) over 50 per cent., (b) over 60 per cent., (c) over 70 per cent., (d) over 80 per cent. and (e) over 90 per cent.
(132122)
17
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect of the changes in corporation tax allowances announced in the 2007 Budget on the level of Government liabilities in private finance initiative contracts.
(132123)
18
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the proportion of income of each of the four lowest earning deciles which is made up of (a) benefits and tax credits and (b) earnings from work.
(132125)
19
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications for Freedom of Information Act access to extracts from the 1921 Census were received by the Office for National Statistics (a) between 1st January 2005 and 31st December 2006 and (b) between 1st January and 31st March 2007; and how many of those applications were successful in each period.
(131972)
20
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he made of the potential for fiscal incentives to contribute to the promotion of responsible drinking prior to the 2007 Budget; and what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Health on this matter.
(131938)
21
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Department of Health's (a) expected and (b) actual non-cash spending was in 2005-06.
(131950)
22
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated research on the public's willingness to pay a hypothecated NHS tax.
(131958)
23
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government Actuary's Department expects the number of live births to be in (a) England and (b) the UK in each of the next 10 years.
(131959)
24
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many live births took place in England in each year since 1997.
(131968)
25
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the number of fraudulent applications for birth certificates in each of the last four years; and if he will make a statement.
(132086)
26
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what fiscal incentives exist to stimulate the supply of land suitable for start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises in the manufacturing sector.
(131811)
27
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of permanent foreign residents in the UK who do not pay UK taxes.
(131815)
28
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the loss of revenue caused by the non-payment of UK taxes by permanent foreign residents in each of the last five years.
(131816)
29
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil servants have been moved from London since the Lyons Review.
(132005)
30
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil servants have moved to Yorkshire and Humberside Region since the Lyons Review.
(132006)
31
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many civil servants have moved to (a) Huddersfield and (b) Kirklees since the Lyons Review.
(132007)
32
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of Russian citizens living permanently in the UK who do not pay UK taxes.
(132015)
33
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much interest was paid to banks by the Government in support of the student loans scheme in each year since its inception.
(132260)
34
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Government received for the sale of student loans in (a) 1998 and (b) 1999; and what the face value was of each of these loans at the time of sale.
(132261)
35
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total value was of untaxed spirits intercepted in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
(132149)
36
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many births there were to mothers aged (a) 19, (b) 18, (c) 17, (d) 16, (e) 15, (f) 14 and (g) 13 years old in (i) each Northern Ireland health board, (ii) Wales, (iii) Scotland and (iv) England in each of the last 10 years.
(132150)
37
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by his Department.
(132191)
38
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people are (a) eligible for and (b) claiming working tax credit in Castle Point.
(132158)
39
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to change his policy on the eligibility for working tax credits of those aged under 25 years who are without children and not disabled.
(132243)
40
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in Castle Point (a) are eligible for and (b) receive child tax credit.
(132244)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
41
Margaret Moran (Luton South):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what assessment she has made of the use of Government services by each socio-economic group.
(131977)
42
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by her Department.
(132209)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
43
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the expenditure on New Deal for Communities programmes for each council was in each of the last five years.
(131684)
44
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make a statement on the New Deal for Communities programme in (a) Haringey, (b) Walsall and (c) Plymouth.
(131685)
45
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many house sales were completed in the UK in 2006.
(131800)
46
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions she has had with employers' organisations on the availability of appropriate sites and facilities for manufacturing start-up businesses and other small and medium sized enterprises in the manufacturing sector.
(131806)
47
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she is taking to ensure that local authorities provide sufficient land and accommodation to meet the needs of small and medium sized manufacturing companies.
(131807)
48
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she is taking to encourage Kirklees Metropolitan Council to provide more land for business start-ups and small and medium sized manufacturing enterprises.
(131809)
49
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to discuss the provision of appropriate sites for manufacturing industry particularly start-ups for small and medium sized enterprises with Yorkshire Forward.
(131810)
50
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions she has had with the Local Government Association on the availability of appropriate sites for start-ups of small and medium sized businesses in the manufacturing sector.
(132078)
51
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by her Department.
(132208)
52
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much on average local authorities in England paid back to the Exchequer from their housing revenue account in each year since 1990.
(131845)
53
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which social, economic and environmental partners receive (a) subscription and (b) grant money from the East of England Regional Assembly; and at what total cost.
(132245)
54
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) individuals and (b) families were in housing need in Castle Point in each of the last 10 years.
(132246)
55
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects the new fire station at Rayleigh Wier to be operational.
(132247)
56
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps have been taken to enforce Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) protection for residential home staff transferred from local government to private employment; and if she will make a statement.
(132248)
57
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the level of owner-occcupation is in each constituency.
(132249)
58
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her policy is on the extension of unitary authorities to include additional adjoining areas; and if she will make a statement.
(132250)
59
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the revenue from the sale of council houses in (a) Castle Point and (b) England was reinvested in new social housing in each of the last 10 years.
(132251)
60
N
Kitty Ussher (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the written statement of 27th March 2007, Official Report, columns 71-3WS, on local government, what recent assessment she has made of the structure of local government across the whole of Lancashire.
(131678)
61
N
Kitty Ussher (Burnley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the written statement of 27th March 2007, Official Report, columns 71-3WS, on local government, what her assessment was of the joint bid for unitary status made by Burnley and Pendle borough councils against each of the five criteria.
(131679)
62
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations she has received on red ash testing; and what guidance she has issued on red ash testing and floor replacement.
(131984)
63
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was provided in grants from central government to Swindon Borough Council in 2006-07.
(131821)
64
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much she expects to be provided in grants from central government to Swindon Borough Council in 2007-08.
(131851)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
65
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many applications for Freedom of Information Act access to extracts from the 1911 Census were received by the National Archives (a) between 1st January 2005 and 31st December 2006 and (b) between 1st January and 31st March 2007; and how many of those applications were successful in each period.
(131973)
66
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, how many people had charges levied by the Legal Services Commission on their property in respect of legal aid they had received in each year since 2001; and how frequently such people were sent statements of the initial value of the charge and the interest accrued.
(131992)
67
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by her Department.
(132207)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
68
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much museums received in government funding in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) each region and (c) each London borough in each of the last five years.
(132139)
69
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) museums and (b) theatres (i) opened and (ii) closed in (A) the United Kingdom, (B) each region and (C) each London borough in each month of the last five years.
(132140)
70
Mr Mark Field (Cities of London & Westminster):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures her Department plans to take to ensure transparency in the conduct of those television operators employing telephone voting in their programme; and if she will assess the merits of introducing a code of conduct for such operators.
(131822)
71
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 28th March 2007, Official Report, column 1550W, on digital switchover, whether the figure includes those households of people who are registered as blind or partially sighted but not on Department of Work and Pensions lists.
(132183)
72
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what her Department's most recent estimate is of the costs to industry of complying with the gaming machine regulations to be made in accordance with sections 240 and 241 of the Gambling Act 2005 and the new machine technical standards.
(132217)
73
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when she expects to lay before Parliament the statutory instrument implementing the gaming machine regulations to be made under sections 240 and 241 of the Gambling Act 2005.
(132228)
74
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if she will list the Orders under the Gambling Act 2005 that have yet to be laid before Parliament; and what her Department's planned timetable is for doing so.
(132229)
75
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations her Department has received from industry regarding the lead times necessary to convert existing machines and to build new machines to comply with the new technical standards required under the Gambling Act 2005 and the new gaming machine regulations to achieve the planned implementation date of 1st September; and if she will make a statement.
(132230)
76
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much her Department has allocated to spending on advertising the dangers of problem gambling ahead of the implementation of the Gambling Act 2005.
(131974)
77
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment her Department has made of the conclusions of the Licensing Review Panel; and if she will make a statement.
(131990)
78
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many licensed premises are still to receive a paper licence in (a) Guildford, (b) Surrey and (c) England; and if she will make a statement.
(131991)
79
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by her Department.
(132206)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
80
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report of Directorate of Army Personnel Strategy following its examination of factors which lead to drug use among soldiers referred to in the Answer of 17th May 2006, on armed forces (drug offences), Official Report, columns 952-3W.
(132212)
81
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library (a) the Defence Analytical Services Agency statistical information and (b) feedback from (i) users and (ii) claimants on the analysis of the first year of the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
(132291)
82
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a date has been set for replacing all soft-top Land Rovers with Mastiff vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(132096)
83
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by his Department.
(132205)
84
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to assist hospitals in Iraq to secure access to adequate equipment and medications.
(131979)
85
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of militia infiltration into the Iraqi Police Service; what risk this poses to joint patrols; and if he will make a statement.
(131980)
86
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to replace Snatch Land Rovers; what requirements he has specified for any replacement; and what the timescale is for the replacement process.
(131981)
87
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether guidelines exist on how far in advance of deployment a battalion's flight dates should be confirmed; and if he will make a statement.
(131982)
88
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) average and (b) total cost to his Department was of each type of (i) personal clothing, (ii) personal role radio, (iii) personal armour and (iv) personal load carrying equipment used by the armed forces as standard issue equipment in each year since 1995; from which company each type of each piece of equipment was purchased in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(132160)
89
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements have been made for members of Royal Welsh Regiments 1 and 2 to visit friends and families before deployment to Iraq or Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(132161)
90
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Joint Civil Military Co-operation group spent in each operation for supporting the regeneration of local infrastructure, economic and political structures in each year since 1997.
(132265)
91
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress is being made on reconstruction works in Afghanistan being undertaken by those responsible to him.
(132266)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
92
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by his Department.
(132204)
93
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, what assessment he has made of the impact of the operation in the Thames estuary of the proposed liquified natural gas importation plant on Canvey Island on the operation of the proposed container terminal at Shell Haven; and if he will make a statement.
(132135)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
94
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what strategies are in place to increase the availability of approved educational materials that are accessible for the visually impaired.
(131994)
95
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assistance his Department (a) provides and (b) plans to provide to increase the availability of educational materials to the visually impaired.
(131995)
96
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding his Department provides for educational resources that are accessible to visually impaired schoolchildren.
(131996)
97
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he has had with educational publishers on increasing the availability of educational materials available in formats more accessible by those with disabilities.
(131997)
98
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils obtained (a) no, (b) one, (c) two, (d) three and (e) four GCSEs at grades A*-C in English in (i) England, (ii) each region and (iii) each London borough in each of the last five years.
(132137)
99
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils entered further education after completing GCSEs in (a) England and Wales, (b) each region and (c) each London borough in each of the last five years.
(132138)
100
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils obtained (a) five, (b) six, (c) seven, (d) eight and (e) nine GCSEs at grades A* to C including English in (i) England, (ii) each region and (iii) each London borough in each of the last five years.
(132174)
101
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many new schools were built in each local authority area in each year since 1997; and which of these schools have a source of energy provided by on-site renewables.
(132307)
102
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 28th March 2007, Official Report, column 1542W on education: standards, how many maintained mainstream schools there were where (a) more than 20 per cent., (b) more than one third and (c) more than 40 per cent. of 14-year old pupils attained a lower or the same level in Key Stage 3 (i) tests and (ii) teacher assessments in 2006 than they had attained at Key Stage 2.
(132128)
103
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 28th March 2007, Official Report, column 1541W, on education: standards, how many and what proportion of pupils who attained level five or below in the key stage three (a) teacher assessments and (b) tests in (i) English, (ii) mathematics and (iii) science had attained level five or above at key stage two in each of the last five years.
(132129)
104
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 28th March 2007, Official Report, column 1541W, on education: standards, how many and what proportion of pupils who attained level four or below in the key stage three (a) teacher assessments and (b) tests in (i) English, (ii) mathematics and (iii) science had attained level five or above at key stage two in each of the last five years.
(132130)
105
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, where in the revised Geography programme of study produced by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority as part of the secondary curriculum review he expects pupils to learn about (a) tectonic processes, (b) geomorphological processes, (c) weather and climate, (d) ecosystems, (e) population distribution and change and (f) the growth and development of settlements.
(132175)
106
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether he plans for pupils to be taught all the topics listed in the range and content sections of the revised National Curriculum programmes of study produced by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority as part of the secondary curriculum review.
(132176)
107
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils attained a lower or the same level at key stage 3 (a) tests and (b) teacher assessments than what they attained at key stage 2 in each year since 1997.
(132231)
108
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much was spent by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority on the key stage 3 and 4 review supplement in The Guardian newspaper on 3rd April.
(132232)
109
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which officials from the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority contributed to the key stage 3 and 4 review supplement in The Guardian newspaper on 3rd April.
(132233)
110
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will place in the Library a copy of the brief the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority agreed with Guardian Professional in relation to the key stage 3 and 4 review supplement in The Guardian newspaper on 3rd April.
(132234)
111
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many supplements in newspapers were funded by (a) his Department and (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority in the last 12 months; and how much was spent in each case.
(132235)
112
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, when he expects to answer Question (a) 126831 and (b) 126832, on GCSEs, tabled on 7th March by the hon. Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton.
(132236)
113
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 15th March 2007 to Question 117654, on GCSEs, how many mainstream (a) maintained and (b) independent secondary schools fell within each percentage point in terms of the proportion of pupils who achieved (i) seven and (ii) nine or more GCSEs at A*-C including English and mathematics in 2006.
(132344)
114
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what Criminal Records Bureau checks take place before someone can qualify as a foster parent; and what criteria are used to determine a person's suitability for fostering following such checks.
(131998)
115
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many qualifications have been awarded under the employer training pilots, broken down by (a) sector and (b) level.
(131985)
116
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will extend the Community Champions Fund beyond 31st March 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(132153)
117
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the budget for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service is for each of the next three years; and what it was for each of the last three years.
(132119)
118
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding was available for further education colleges to support (a) NVQ Level 2, (b) NVQ Level 3 and (c) NVQ Level 4 in upholstery and soft furnishing in each year between 1996 and 2006.
(132091)
119
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the availability of traditional upholstery skills courses in further education colleges in each year between 1996 and 2006.
(132092)
120
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what funding was provided to further education colleges to enable students to undertake qualifications in upholstery and soft furnishing in each year between 1996 and 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(132093)
121
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students in higher education completed degree studies in (a) soft furnishing and (b) cabinet making in each year between 1996 and 2006.
(132094)
122
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of hours of practical skills based training available in degree courses in higher education in each year between 1996 and 2006.
(132095)
123
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what analysis has been carried out to ascertain the main reasons why students in further education in each of the regions dropped out of their courses in each of the last three years.
(132184)
124
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students in further education in each of the regions failed to complete their course in the last 12 months; and how many of those were in the final year of their course.
(132186)
125
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by his Department.
(132203)
126
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans he has to increase funding for the training of designated teachers over the next three years.
(131844)
127
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students were studying for a first degree at UK universities in each of the last five years.
(132136)
128
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what studies have been commissioned by his Department on the gender gap in university applications; and if he will make a statement.
(132155)
129
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many applications were received by universities for each discipline in the last 12 months, broken down by (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) age group.
(132156)
130
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) UK nationals, (b) non-UK EU citizens and (c) students from countries outside the EU were studying for their first degree in UK universities in each of the last five years.
(132157)
131
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many education authorities provide subsidised public transport for their staff.
(132311)
132
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what recent representations he has received on improvements to the Eleven Plus system; and if he will make a statement.
(132322)
133
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the impact of the changes made in 2001 to how pupils are found eligible for free school meals on take-up of free school meals.
(131589)
134
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the reliability of free school meal take-up rates as an indicator of the level of deprivation among pupils within a school; and if he will make a statement.
(131590)
135
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the per pupil cost of a young person (a) studying a new vocational diploma and (b) remaining in school to study GCSEs and A-levels.
(131591)
136
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether he has issued guidance to schools on the supervision of changing rooms for the purposes of combating bullying.
(131677)
137
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils were known to be eligible for free school meals but were not in receipt of free school meals over the last 10 years.
(131798)
138
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of pupils receiving free school meals did not obtain (a) 5A*-C grades including English and mathematics at GCSE, (b) 5A*-G grades at GCSE, (c) any C grades at GCSE and (d) any passes at GCSE in each year since 1997, broken down by ethnic group.
(132131)
139
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of pupils in Pupil Referral Units did not obtain (a) five A*-C grades including English and mathematics at GCSE, (b) five A*-G grades at GCSE and (c) any passes at GCSE in each year since 1997, broken down by ethnic group.
(132178)
140
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many secondary schools have (a) between 1,000 and 1,500 pupils, (b) between 1,500 and 2,000 pupils and (c) more than 2,000 pupils in each local authority area.
(132179)
141
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of pupils in maintained schools did not achieve five A*-G grades at GCSE in each year since 1997, broken down by gender.
(132180)
142
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of pupils in maintained schools obtained A*-G grades at GCSE in each year since 1997, broken down by gender.
(132181)
143
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many pupils in maintained schools did not turn up for a GCSE exam for which they had been entered in 2006.
(132182)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
144
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he is able to intervene to assist churches facing increased charges for surface water drainage.
(132254)
145
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will discuss with Ofwat the impact of Northumbria Water's decision to install water meters in some churches.
(132255)
146
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the effect on carbon dioxide emissions of plasma television screens.
(132227)
147
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with representatives of the devolved administrations on measures to maintain and improve the marine environment.
(132113)
148
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of recent trends in bird populations in the UK.
(132114)
149
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what monitoring his Department carries out to ensure that coastal bathing waters are clean.
(132115)
150
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farms in each district authority in Cumbria are eligible for Single Payment Scheme (SPS) payments; how many received SPS payments in the 2006-07 financial year; and what percentage of farmers this represents in each case.
(132101)
151
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether non-agricultural or environmental rural businesses will be able to access funding from the Rural Development Programme for England.
(132102)
152
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how he expects the Rural Development Programme for England (a) to help small rural and agricultural businesses to be more competitive and (b) to enhance employment and business opportunities in rural areas.
(132103)
153
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much new money English rural and agricultural businesses will be able to access through the Rural Development Programme for England.
(132104)
154
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how the Rural Development Programme for England will financially incentivise environmental stewardship.
(132105)
155
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations his Department has received from the Lake District National Planning Authority on the Rural Development Programme for England.
(132106)
156
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how small farming, agricultural and rural businesses will be able to access the Rural Development Programme for England; and from what date funding will be available.
(132107)
157
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assistance will be offered to small farming, agricultural and rural businesses to enable them to access the Rural Development Programme for England.
(132108)
158
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received on the creation of a Department of Energy and the Environment; and if he will make a statement.
(132109)
159
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what change there has been in carbon dioxide emissions from power generation since the programmed closure of older nuclear power stations began; how the power generated by those stations has been replaced; and what net change there has been in carbon dioxide emissions as a result of the replacement generation.
(132110)
160
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will estimate the effect on the UK's carbon dioxide emissions if the existing nuclear generating fleet was replaced by (a) coal powered fire stations and (b) gas fired power stations.
(132111)
161
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that single farm payments are made in their entirety and on time.
(132276)
162
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken working in collaboration with the National Farmers' Union to ensure that those farmers affected by the late payment, partial payment, non-payment and mis-payment of the single farm payment (a) remain economically viable and (b) suffer no long-term effect to their business.
(132277)
163
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of farmers in England are awaiting single payment scheme payments from financial year 2006-07; how many farms this represents; what the total cash value is of these outstanding payments; and when these payments are expected to be made.
(132278)
164
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the estimated stocks of sea bass in British coastal waters were in each of the last 10 years.
(132263)
165
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are in place to preserve sea bass stocks; what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the monitoring of those measures; and if he will make a statement.
(132264)
166
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with other EU states on their policies affecting the population of migrating birds.
(131852)
167
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs on negotiations with EU member states on policies which affect the migration of birds across Europe.
(131853)
168
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on the migrating British bird population of the hunting and shooting policies of EU member states.
(131854)
169
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by his Department.
(132202)
170
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Competition Commission on the share of the retail price of milk that is passed on to farmers by supermarkets.
(131978)
171
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what studies his Department has undertaken into the degrading of peat-bogs by the releasing of carbon in the form of dissolved organic carbon.
(132318)
172
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department has taken (a) to preserve and (b) to reactivate drained peat-bog land as carbon sinks; what his policy is on the long-term role of peat-bogs as carbon sinks in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(132319)
173
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent on (a) hard engineering flood defences and (b) soft engineering flood defences as a percentage of total flood defence spending in each of the last 10 years.
(132320)
174
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of soft engineering methods for flood management; and if he will make a statement.
(132321)
175
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers there are in (a) England, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Scotland and (d) Wales.
(132159)
176
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many civil servants of each grade are employed by (a) the Waste Management Division and (b) the Waste Strategy Division within his Department.
(132270)
177
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff in his Department have work objectives that make reference to composting; and what the pay band is of each staff member.
(132271)
178
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the job title is of each staff position in (a) the Waste Management Division and (b) the Waste Strategy Division within his Department.
(132272)
179
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of staff employed in the top five grades of his Department have (a) qualifications in waste management and (b) previous employment in the waste management sector.
(132273)
180
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many scientists are employed by the (a) Waste Management Division and (b) Waste Strategy Division within his Department.
(132274)
181
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the staff turnover rate for senior grade civil servants within the (a) Waste Strategy Division and (b) Waste Management Division was in the last (i) 12 months and (ii) five years.
(132275)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
182
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) men and (b) women failed the Band C Assessment and Development Centres in 2005-06, broken down by age groups (i) 20 to 29, (ii) 30 to 39 and (c) 40 plus.
(132226)
183
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Darfur Peace Agreement; and if she will make a statement.
(132299)
184
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions her Department has had on the situation in Darfur with the government of (a) Chad, (b) the Central African Republic and (c) Uganda.
(132300)
185
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received of the murder charges laid by the authorities in Bangladesh against Sheikh Hasina, leader of the Awami League party.
(132301)
186
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what monitoring her Department undertakes of the treatment of repatriated asylum seekers in Sudan; and what her latest assessment is of their treatment.
(132302)
187
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations her Department has made to the Ugandan government on the humanitarian and security situation in Northern Uganda.
(132305)
188
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the economy of Zambia; what the unemployment rate is in that country; and who its major (a) African and (b) international trading partners are.
(132216)
189
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans she has for proposals to take forward the UK's multilateral disarmament commitments in the run up to the May 2007 Preparatory Committee meeting for the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference; and whether she has had any discussions with her United States counterparts on such proposals.
(131817)
190
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the government of Burma on its treatment of political opponents.
(131999)
191
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress she has made in persuading the government of Burma to improve its observance of human rights.
(132000)
192
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports she has received of the welfare of Aung San Suu Kyi.
(132001)
193
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the estimated Iraqi death toll for (a) civilian deaths and (b) all other deaths is for each month since March 2003; and what methods were used for the collation and presentation of the data.
(132262)
194
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by her Department.
(132201)
195
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on her Department's input to the Post-Conflict Reconstruction Unit.
(132268)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
196
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prosthetists were working in the NHS in each of the last 10 years.
(132162)
197
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many amputees have used NHS prosthetic limbs in each of the last 10 years.
(132163)
198
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of waiting times for NHS prosthetic limbs in each of the last 10 years.
(132164)
199
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision the NHS makes for therapy and gait training for amputees using prosthetic limbs.
(132165)
200
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking (a) to increase public awareness of the signs and symptoms of testicular cancer and (b) to promote early diagnosis.
(132166)
201
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's policy is on testing men for low testosterone following treatment for testicular cancer.
(132167)
202
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of waiting times for testosterone therapy.
(132168)
203
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to increase the level of public spending on research into (a) treatments and (b) cures for muscular dystrophy.
(132169)
204
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to what extent preferences shown by members of the public influence the research priorities set by her Department's research and development division.
(132218)
205
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the funding figure of £3.7 million allocated in the past year for medical research into preventing premature birth was decided.
(132220)
206
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) process and (b) decision-making criteria will be used to set research funding priorities for her Department's research and development division in each of the next three years; and what the timetable is for the setting of those priorities in each year.
(132221)
207
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total expenditure by her Department on neonatal care services including staff costs but excluding National Specialist Commissioning Advisory Group -funded services was in each of the last five years.
(132256)
208
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what formula is used to set funding allocations for different medical research specialties for her Department's research and development.
(132257)
209
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the negative effects on (a) babies, (b) parents and (c) the NHS associated with pre-term birth.
(132258)
210
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimates she has made of the cost of (a) increasing medical research into preventing premature birth and (b) caring for babies who are born prematurely.
(132259)
211
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children aged (a) one to five, (b) six to 10, (c) 11 to 15 and (d) 16 to 18 years were classified as (i) obese and (ii) overweight in each of the last five years in (A) England, (B) each region and (C) each London borough.
(132141)
212
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) consultants, (b) registrars, (c) senior house officers and (d) house officers were (i) newly employed, (ii) made redundant and (iii) promoted in London in each quarter of the last 10 years, broken down by hospital trust.
(132142)
213
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) clinical nurse specialists, (b) midwives, (c) anaesthetists and (d) physiotherapists were (i) newly employed, (ii) made redundant and (iii) promoted in London in each quarter of the last 10 years, broken down by hospital trust.
(132143)
214
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many posts there were for (a) consultants, (b) registrars, (c) senior house officers and (d) house officers in London in each quarter of the last 10 years, broken down by hospital trust; and how many posts were vacant in each case.
(132144)
215
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many posts there were for (a) clinical nurse specialists, (b) midwives, (c) anaesthetists and (d) physiotherapists in London in each quarter of the last 10 years, broken down by hospital trust; and how many of those posts were vacant in each case.
(132145)
216
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account has been taken by her Department of the views of older people living in care homes who are in receipt of the Personal Expenses Allowance in the annual consultation on residential care charges.
(132146)
217
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the impact on the quality of life of older people in care homes of an increase of the personal allowance to £40 per week, as part of its annual consultation on residential care charges.
(132147)
218
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd March 2007, Official Report, column 1189W, on ambulance services: emergency calls, if she will break down the figures by primary care trust.
(132308)
219
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd March 2007, Official Report, column 1200W, on nurses: schools, if she will provide equivalent figures for (a) England, (b) each region and (c) each London borough.
(132309)
220
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5th February 2007, Official Report, column 723W, on healthcare-acquired infections, when she expects the Health Protection Agency to publish on its website the number of reported cases of (a) MRSA and (b) clostridium difficile for the period April 2006 to March 2007; and if she will make a statement.
(132310)
221
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what percentage of cases her Department's (a) 31 and (b) 62 day waiting time targets for cancer diagnosis, referral and treatment were met by each hospital in London in the last period for which figures are available.
(132330)
222
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for (a) in-patient, (b) day cases and (c) out-patient appointments at each hospital in London in (i) 1992, (ii) 1997, (iii) 2001, (iv) 2005 and (v) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(132331)
223
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many acute beds per 100,000 population there were in each primary care trust in London in each year since 1997.
(132332)
224
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in London waited for (a) 18 months and over, (b) 12 months and over and (c) six months and over for out-patient admission in each quarter of each of the last five years in each primary care trust.
(132333)
225
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many vacancies were frozen in each quarter of the last five years in each hospital in London, broken down by staff department.
(132334)
226
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was paid by NHS trusts in asset charges for unoccupied or unused space in each hospital in London in each of the last five years.
(132335)
227
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) ward, (b) public, (c) office and (d) other space is unoccupied or unused in each hospital in London.
(132336)
228
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what public funding is provided annually for the National Gamete Donation Trust.
(131834)
229
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she has taken (a) to monitor and (b) to audit the compliance with national service framework standards for review of medication prescribed for the elderly by care homes.
(131796)
230
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what instructions she has issued to management and staff of care homes for the elderly on compliance with national service framework standards for review of medication.
(131797)
231
N
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will take steps to increase understanding of the national service framework standards for review of medication among residents and their families.
(131799)
232
N
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions her Department has had with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence regarding its future work programme on insulin treatments.
(131792)
233
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact of severe mental health conditions on the life expectancy of patients.
(132290)
234
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many obstetric and gynaecology ST3 training posts were given to (a) British citizens, (b) EU citizens, (c) British residents and (d) other nationalities in the latest period for which figures are available.
(132298)
235
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much her Department spent on opinion polling in each of the last five calendar years; which polls were conducted; and how much was paid to companies conducting polling.
(131400)
236
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much her Department spent on focus groups in each of the last five years.
(131401)
237
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd January 2007, Official Report, column 1748W, on NHS Direct, which organisations the NHS Direct NHS Trust pays for the provision of the NHS Direct service through Freeview; and how much she expects each such organisation to receive in the 2007-08 financial year.
(131846)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her statement of 28th March 2007, Official Report, columns 96WS-98WS, on the NHS resource accounting and budgeting regime, for what reason the £450 million contingency reserve is being allocated to strategic health authorities (SHAs) in line with the resource allocation formula; how each SHA's share is calculated in relation to the resource allocation formula; and what each SHA's contribution to the £450 million contingency reserve has been.
(131847)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of patients in each group whose health is deemed at risk from seasonal influenza who received their seasonal influenza immunisation for the 2006-07 winter.
(131848)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd January 2007, Official Report, column 1593W, on mixed-sex wards, whether she has determined a timescale for publication of the reports she received on mixed-sex wards from strategic health authorities on 11th December 2006.
(131849)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she plans to publish the first sets of data showing referral-to-treatment waiting times for (a) admitted and (b) non-admitted patients.
(131850)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of births took place (a) at home, (b) in a midwife-led maternity unit and (c) in an obstetrician-led maternity unit in England in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by NHS trust.
(131855)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the population was provided with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine in England in each year since 1997; what the recommended percentage provision of MMR vaccine was in each such year; and what percentage of the relevant population was provided with the MMR vaccine in each primary care trust in the latest period for which figures are available.
(131856)
244
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she has met the Chairman of the Labour Party to discuss NHS service provision since 3rd July 2006.
(131857)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has (a) to permit and (b) to implement the transfer of patient information between member states of the European Union, as referred to in paragraph 3.1.1. of the European Commission's Consultation on Community Action on Health Services, published on 26th September 2006.
(131858)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8th February 2006, Official Report, columns 1325-27W, on the private finance initiative, what the reasons are for the differences between the capital values listed in the Answer and those in her Department's press release of 27th February entitled Mapping the Success of NHS Building Schemes Since 1997 for the schemes proposed by (a) the Tees and North East Yorkshire NHS Trust, (b) the Peterborough Hospitals NHS Trust, (c) Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, (d) Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, (e) Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust and (f) the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust.
(131859)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the average NHS income of NHS high street dentists in each year since 1997.
(131860)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of (a) adults and (b) children were diagnosed as (i) overweight and (ii) obese in each year since 1997; and what estimate she has made of the number of (A) adults and (B) children who were (i) overweight and (ii) obese in each year since 1997.
(131861)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19th March 2007, Official Report, column 584, on medical training, whether the medical training application system was subject to formal quality assurance.
(131862)
250
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations (JCVI) to make a recommendation as to whether a national immunisation programme for the human papilloma virus should be implemented; and on which dates the JCVI human papilloma virus subgroup (a) has met and (b) is expected to meet in 2007.
(131863)
251
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to test blood donors for vCJD.
(131864)
252
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the annual cost of testing blood donors for vCJD.
(131865)
253
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment she has made of the use by the NHS of the computerised cognitive behavioural therapies (a) Beating the Blues, (b) COPE, (c) Overcoming Depression, (d) FearFighter and (e) OCFighter; and whether the packages are supplied to the NHS through the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency in each case.
(131866)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate she has made of the number of referrals for computerised cognitive behavioural therapies in the NHS in the latest period for which figures are available.
(131867)
255
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of NHS organisations have ended the financial year in (a) aggregate and (b) in-year deficit in each financial year since 1997-98.
(131868)
256
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will place in the Library a copy of the May 2006 study by her Department's Corporate Analyticial Team entitled System Change and Financial Imbalance: The Dynamics of Deficits.
(131869)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will list the titles of all studies into NHS deficits (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned by her Department since March 2006.
(131870)
258
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS organisations failed to pay 95 per cent. of bills within contract terms, or 30 days where no contract terms were agreed, in the latest period for which figures are available.
(131871)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many adults were formally detained under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year since 1997-98; and how many adult inpatient beds for (a) mental illness specialties and (b) learning disabilities specialties there were in each year since 1997.
(131872)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people under the age of 18 were formally detained under the provisions of the Mental Health Act 1983 in each year since 1997-98.
(131873)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 29th March 2007, Official Report, columns 1790-1W, on NHS finance, what the total value of capital-to-revenue transfers made by the NHS was in each year since 1990-91.
(131874)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 29th March 2007, Official Report, column 1787W, on hospital closures: media interest, what methodology was used to arrive at predictions of media interest as indicated on the heat maps released by her Department on 7th November 2006.
(131875)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27th March 2007, Official Report, columns 1476-77W, on NHS Treatment Centres: private sector, how many procedures were performed by each independent sector treatment centre in each month since October 2003; and how many procedures each independent sector treatment centre is contracted to provide over the lifetime of the wave one contract.
(131876)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd March 2007, Official Report, column 1194W, on hospitals: waiting list, what assessment she has made of the statistical significance of the moderate correlation between the secondary sector clinical targets and service initial positions in 2003-04 and the age-needs index.
(131877)
265
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd March 2007, Official Report, column 1198W, on NHS bodies and premises: inspections, which organisations can conduct inspections of NHS bodies and premises under her authority; and whether her Department maintains a list of all organisations which have the power to inspect NHS bodies and premises.
(131878)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many delayed transfers of care from acute beds there have been in each NHS trust in the last 12 months; and what proportion of the total number of transfers of care from acute beds this represents in each trust.
(131879)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd March 2007, Official Report, column 1141W, on NHS: working hours, what indicators of NHS readiness for fully implementing the 48-hour week for doctors in training her Department monitors; and if she will publish the results of such monitoring for the latest period for which figures are available.
(131880)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd March 2007, Official Report, column 1138W, on influenza, what estimate she has made of the total number of poultry workers in England who are eligible for receiving seasonal influenza vaccination under the relevant programme.
(131881)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much patient charge income for delivering NHS dentistry (a) her Department and (b) the NHS Business Services Authority estimates each primary care trust received in 2006-07.
(131882)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd March 2007, Official Report, column 1204W, on surgery, for what reasons there are differences between the data provided in the Answer and the data provided in the Answer of 17th May 2006, Official Report, column 1117W, on operations.
(131883)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th March 2007, Official Report, columns 438-40W, on hospitals: waiting lists, what percentage of those waiting for (a) out-patient appointments waited longer than 11 weeks, (b) diagnostic tests waited longer than 13 weeks and (c) in-patient appointments waited longer than 20 weeks in the most recent period for which figures are available; and when her Department expects to receive data relating to March 2007.
(131884)
272
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th March 2007, Official Report, columns 442-43W, on NHS Direct, what the average cost per call to NHS Direct was in the most recent period for which figures are available in the same format as that provided in the Answer to the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham of 8th September 2003, Official Report, column 236W, on NHS Direct.
(131885)
273
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th March 2007, Official Report, column 448W, on palliative care: finance, what the baseline year is for measuring the commitment to double spending on palliative care services; what the level of expenditure on palliative care services was in the baseline year; and by what date she intends to meet the commitment to double spending on palliative care services.
(131886)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th March 2007, Official Report, column 114W, on accident and emergency (A&E) departments, what assessment she has made of the reasons behind the increase in the number of admissions via type 1 A&E departments referred to.
(131887)
275
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th March 2007, Official Report, column 120W, on chlamydia infection: screening, what percentage of primary care trusts participated in the chlamydia screening programme in the most recent period for which figures are available; and which primary care trusts are not participating in the programme.
(131888)
276
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th March 2007, Official Report, column 137W, on NHS: finance, what the monthly (a) income and (b) expenditure was of each NHS organisation in each month since April 2006.
(131889)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th March 2007, Official Report, column 138W, on NHS: finance, for which different data sets she envisages re-using the templates.
(131890)
278
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th March 2007, Official Report, column 138W, on NHS: finance, what elements of the weighted capitation formula the Advisory Committee on Resource Allocation (ACRA) is reviewing; and whether the recommendations ACRA makes to Ministers on changes to the weighted capitation formula to be published before they are used to inform allocations in 2008-09.
(131891)
279
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd March 2007, Official Report, column 1586W, on primary health care, how many primary care centres were built in each year since 1997, broken down by strategic health authority area.
(131892)
280
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to implement the recommendation made on page seven of her Department's report Explaining NHS deficits, published on her Department's website on 20th February 2007, for further analysis of how strategic health authorities may offset weaknesses in the allocations process without undermining incentives for subsidiary organisations to make efficient decisions.
(131893)
281
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished in-year admissions there were in the NHS in each year since 1990-91.
(131894)
282
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26th February 2007, Official Report, column 1121W, on the NHS work force, when she expects the East of England Strategic Health Authority to complete its feasibility study into establishing a local voluntary guaranteed employment scheme; whether she plans to publish the study; and when her Department plans to take a decision on the viability of such schemes.
(131895)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th February 2007, Offficial Report, column 667W, whether phase two diagnostic schemes have now been finalised in strategic health authorities other than London and the West Midlands; and when she expects the first procedures to be undertaken by phase two diagnostic schemes.
(131896)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2007, Offficial Report, column 39W, when she plans to publish audited financial outturn data on the amount primary care trusts have spent on component two of the directed enhanced service for practice-based commissioning.
(131897)
285
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when her Department plans to publish a tolerance threshold for adherence to the 18 week waiting time target.
(131898)
286
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd November 2006, Official Report, column 139W, on influenza, what steps she is taking to meet the World Health Organisation's target of vaccinating 75 per cent. of high risk groups against seasonal influenza, in addition to the elderly.
(131899)
287
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2007, Official Report, column 65W, on tobacco packs, when she plans to publish final proposals relating to the introduction of picture warnings on tobacco packs.
(131900)
288
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to bring forward measures to introduce health warnings on alcoholic drinks.
(131901)
289
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2007, Official Report, column 1016W, on care workers, which councils had not completed the task force recommendations (a) mostly and (b) in full.
(131902)
290
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25th January 2007, Official Report, column 2045W, on the NHS work force, what her Department's most recent estimate is of changes in the NHS work force in the financial year 2006-07.
(131903)
291
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to introduce measures into the NHS work force census to record whether staff are (a) hospital and (b) community-based.
(131904)
292
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she plans to launch the £50 million advertising campaign to tackle sexually-transmitted infections announced on 26th November 2004.
(131905)
293
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the rates of obesity amongst adults were in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down by primary care trust area.
(131906)
294
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Department's press release of 9th April 2007 entitled National Funding for Local Hospices, what proportion of the £40 million allocated for hospice funding will be available in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(131907)
295
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average salary of staff working in her Department was in each financial year since 1997-98.
(131908)
296
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on management consultancy services by her Department in each year since 1997-98.
(131909)
297
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of each relevant staff group has not yet agreed a contract of employment under (a) the new consultants' contract, (b) the new general medical services contract and (c) Agenda for Change.
(131910)
298
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were registered with a general practitioner in each year since 1997.
(131911)
299
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital admissions on mental health grounds resulting from the use of cannabis there were in each year since 1997.
(131912)
300
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many diagnoses of high cholesterol there were in England in each year since 1997-98; and how many such diagnoses were made in those under the age of 18 years.
(131913)
301
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Department's press release of 9th April 2007 entitled National Funding for Local Hospices, which bids for a share of £40 million were unsuccessful; and what the value of the bid was in each such case.
(131914)
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Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in developing a common assessment framework, as referred to in paragraph 5.26 of her Department's White Paper Our Health, Our Care, Our Say.
(131915)
303
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th March 2006, Official Report, columns 169-170W, on the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) appraisals, what progress has been made in the work to ensure NICE's independent advisory committee takes account of wider societal costs when making its recommendations.
(131916)
304
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many directors of public health were employed in the NHS in each year since 1997.
(131917)
305
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate she has made of the proportion of (a) men and (b) women who drink more than the recommended weekly amounts of alcohol; and what assessment she has made of trends in alcohol consumption since 1992.
(131918)
306
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on management consultancy services by the NHS in the latest year for which figures are available.
(131919)
307
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the post-operative death rate for emergency procedures was in the NHS in each year between 1998-99 and 2005-06.
(131920)
308
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding for training purposes was provided to strategic health authorities (SHAs) in 2005-06, broken down by SHA; and what the actual expenditure on training was in each authority.
(131921)
309
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of each primary care trust budget was top-sliced in 2006-07.
(131922)
310
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of general practitioners' premises were above minimum standards on the last date for which figures are available in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust.
(131923)
311
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department has taken to provide respite support for carers as referred to in paragraph 5.55 of the Our Health, Our Care, Our Say health White Paper.
(131924)
312
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of people identified as having diabetes in England were offered screening for the early detection of diabetic retinopathy in (a) each year since 2003-04 and (b) the most recent period for which figures are available.
(131925)
313
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 18th April 2006, Official Report, column 247W, on NHS-specific inflation, what the NHS-specific inflation index was for each year since 1997-98.
(131926)
314
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's total expenditure on communications research was in each year since 1997-98; and how much of this cost was accounted for by producing (a) reports on the public perceptions of the NHS, (b) reports from plain English workshops, (c) stakeholder surveys, (d) national media evaluations, (e) regional media evaluations and (f) other research.
(131927)
315
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were waiting for inpatient treatment as given by the commissioner-based waiting list in each year since March 1994 until the most recent period for which figures are available; and how many patients were waiting (a) over three months, (b) over six months, (c) over nine months and (d) over 12 months in each period.
(131928)
316
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 11th October 2006, Official Report, column 774W, on MRSA, what progress her Department has made on its internal desk analysis of hospital organisation specialty mix and MRSA; and when she plans to publish the report.
(131929)
317
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost of delivering an equivalent episode of care was in (a) 1979, (b) 1997 and (c) the most recent period for which figures are available, at constant prices.
(131930)
318
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to her Department's press release of 27th February 2007 Mapping the success of NHS building schemes since 1997, when she expects each of the private finance initiative schemes mentioned in the press release to reach financial close.
(131931)
319
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress she has made in establishing an expanding practice allowance, as referred to in paragraph 3.33 of her Department's White Paper of 30th January 2006, Our Health, Our Care, Our Say.
(131932)
320
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects the group tasked with the review of general medical services funding to report on its findings and recommendations.
(131933)
321
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage change in the bursaries that (a) nursing, (b) midwifery, (c) medical, (d) dental and (e) allied health professional students received there was in each year since 1997.
(131934)
322
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS organisations are forecasting an underspend against their capital budget in 2006-07; and by how much in each case.
(131935)
323
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) general dental services contracts and (b) personal dental services contracts signed by, or on, 1st April 2006 on an in dispute basis remain in dispute, broken down by strategic health authority (SHA) area; and what proportion of contracts signed in each SHA area this represents.
(131936)
324
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many influenza vaccine doses have been secured for the winter of 2007-08; from which manufacturers this supply has been secured; and if she will make a statement.
(131937)
325
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she made an assessment of the potential for fiscal incentives to contribute to the promotion of responsible drinking prior to the 2007 Budget.
(131939)
326
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8th November 2006, Official Report, column 1790W, on accident and emergency departments, in what format data relating to the catchment areas of accident and emergency departments are collected.
(131940)
327
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she plans to publish the review of NHS walk-in-centre funding arrangements.
(131941)
328
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) medical staff, (b) nurses, (c) midwives, (d) allied health professionals, (e) health care support workers and (f) non-clinical staff were made redundant in the NHS in the first nine months of 2006-07.
(131942)
329
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many redundancies were made in the NHS in the first nine months of 2006-07, broken down by strategic health authority area.
(131943)
330
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of patients on inpatient waiting lists were seen within six months in each year since 1990, as given by (a) the Hospital Episodes Statistics database and (b) Korner data.
(131944)
331
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to publish (a) her Department's response to the consultation on the draft national framework for continuing care and (b) the final national framework for continuing care.
(131945)
332
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were referred for the urgent treatment of cancer in each quarter since the quarter beginning January 2005.
(131946)
333
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made towards meeting the public services agreement target of July 2004 that by 2010 the increase in obesity among children aged under 11 years will be halted.
(131947)
334
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data are collected as part of the radiotherapy episodes statistics system.
(131948)
335
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th March 2007, Official Report, column 872W, on special advisers, whether her special advisers have given any notice of any external employment in the last 12 months.
(131949)
336
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the NHS net financial deficit in 2005-06 was financed, broken down by (a) departmental and (b) non-departmental budget source of funds for meeting the deficit.
(131951)
337
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's central planning assumption is for the (a) clinical attack rate and (b) case mortality rate in an outbreak of pandemic influenza.
(131952)
338
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects to publish the NHS staff earnings survey.
(131953)
339
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average sickness absence rate was for NHS staff in 2006.
(131954)
340
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS organisations have been in receipt of turnaround support in each month since January 2006; and which NHS organisations have received turnaround support in the period since January 2006 but are no longer part of the turnaround programme.
(131955)
341
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether referral of an NHS patient by a GP to an NHS provider gives the provider the authority to treat that patient.
(131956)
342
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials held with the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the decision by the Institute to reopen its consultation on chapter three of its draft clinical guidance on intrapartum care.
(131957)
343
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to raise public awareness of the right of living people to donate organs.
(131960)
344
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate she has made of supply and demand for (a) consultants, (b) GPs, (c) nurses and midwives and (d) allied health professionals in 2007-08 in the same format as that included in her Department's third draft of its pay and workforce strategy, dated 27th November 2006.
(131961)
345
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) total expenditure on enhanced services under the General Medical Services contract and (b) total primary care trust enhanced services expenditure floor was expected to be in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07; what actual expenditure on enhanced services was in 2005-06; and what expenditure on enhanced services she expects in 2006-07.
(131962)
346
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of attenders at genito-urinary medicine (GUM) clinics was recorded as not having been given an appointment within two weeks in each audit of GUM clinic waiting times undertaken by the Health Protection Agency up to and including the February 2007 audit.
(131963)
347
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8th January 2007, Official Report, column 44W, on inter-authority transfers, what criteria are used in determining whether to approve an inter-authority transfer.
(131964)
348
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions have been issued using the electronic prescriptions service in each quarter since it became operational; and what estimate she has made of the percentage of prescription items dispensed in the community that were conducted via the electronic prescription service over the same period.
(131965)
349
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department intends to introduce a national tariff for mental health services from April 2009.
(131966)
350
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what capital expenditure against budget in the NHS was forecast to be in 2006-07 at month nine.
(131967)
351
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th March 2007, Official Report, column 117W, on accident and emergency departments, what the evidential basis is for increasing consensus among professional bodies that a critical size of hospital is required to ensure that specialist facilities are available to treat all patients with emergency needs safely; and what the (a) date of publication and (b) professional body responsible is in each case.
(131969)
352
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Department will place in the Library a copy of its formal response to the letter of 19th January 2006 from the Office of Communications on Patient Power systems.
(131970)
353
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26th March 2007, Official Report, column 1369W, on NHS: finance, what discussions gave rise to the confirmation with officials from the Welsh Assembly Government referred to in the Answer of 18th December 2006, Official Report, column 1720W, on NHS expenditure; and when these discussions took place.
(131971)
354
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding her Department makes available for research into multiple sclerosis.
(132288)
355
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, 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 England.
(132238)
356
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the potential effectiveness of the Office of Communications' advertising ban on junk food based on the Food Standards Agency's nutrient profiling model; and if she will make a statement.
(131986)
357
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment her Department has made of the effectiveness of the Food Standards Agency's nutrient profiling model; and if she will make a statement.
(131987)
358
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many representations she has received on the implementation of the smoking ban in working men's clubs; and if she will make a statement.
(131988)
359
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been allocated for advertising the implementation of the smoking ban in (a) Wales, (b) England and (c) Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.
(131989)
360
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th March 2007 to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire, Official Report, column 129W, on home helps, how many people received home help in the sample week in each year from 1997 to 2006; and how many hours were delivered in the sample week in 2006.
(131791)
361
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by her Department.
(132200)
362
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department undertook to investigate differences in life expectancy in different parts of the UK in each of the last five years.
(132252)
363
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations her Department has received on the use of diet and brain exercise to control developmental conditions such as Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.
(132313)
364
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research her Department has conducted into the use of (a) diet and (b) brain exercises to control developmental conditions such as Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder.
(132314)
365
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital trusts provide subsidised public transport for their staff; and if she will make a statement.
(132315)
366
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to inform young people of the long-term impact of sustained, excessive alcohol consumption on their health.
(132316)
367
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) gun-shot and (b) knife wound injuries were treated in hospitals in each of the last five years.
(132317)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
368
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what effect he expects recent political violence in Democratic Republic of the Congo to have on the repatriation of failed asylum seekers to that country.
(132303)
369
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the power to authorise stop and search for offensive weapons within a specified area for the period of 24 hours under Section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 has been enacted by a senior police officer in each year since the Act came into force.
(131246)
370
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many serious crime agency officers are embedded in (a) other law enforcement agencies and (b) private organisations within the financial sector (i) within the UK and (ii) overseas.
(131683)
371
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what he intends the surcharge provided for in sections 161A and 161B of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 to be used for.
(132133)
372
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the implications for public security of arrangements for the use of chlorine; and if he will make a statement.
(132237)
373
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the conviction rate was for rape cases in 2006.
(132240)
374
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many rape prosecutions where DNA or other forensic evidence was used led to (a) a conviction and (b) an acquittal in each of the last three years.
(132241)
375
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offenders in (a) Category C prisons, (b) Category D prisons and (c) youth offender institutions in England and Wales have access to the keys for their cells.
(132242)
376
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners were serving an indeterminate sentence in each of the last three years, broken down by category of offence.
(132348)
377
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national prisoners were transferred from immigration removal centres to open prisons in each of the last three years; and what the criteria were for transferral.
(132349)
378
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners in (a) category C prisons, (b) category D prisons and (c) youth offender institutions have access to Sky television.
(132350)
379
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answers of 21st March 2007, Official Report, column 975W, on war crimes, for what reasons the issue of arrest warrants in each of the cases listed necessitated a review of the legal and practical issues raised by the issue of arrest warrants in international cases.
(132127)
380
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many intervention orders have been applied as part of an anti-social behaviour order in (a) Bristol local authority and (b) each Respect Action area since this power came into effect on 1st October 2006.
(132154)
381
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the Drug Interventions Programme (DIP) budget allocation is for each intensive DIP area in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(132345)
382
Margaret Moran (Luton South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans he has to require web hosting companies to review their commitments to ensure abusive images of children are removed from the internet; and if he will make a statement.
(131975)
383
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate he has made of the number of companies advertising and selling fake identity cards over the internet; and if he will make a statement.
(132134)
384
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to promote the migration to the UK of skilled workers.
(132002)
385
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to minimise the migration to the UK of unskilled workers.
(132003)
386
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what checks are carried out to assess the employability of non-EU citizens applying to enter the UK.
(132004)
387
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which categories of individual are awarded fast track status through UK immigration and customs procedures.
(132013)
388
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the application process is for the award of fast track status through UK immigration and customs procedures at UK airports.
(132014)
389
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted on charges relating to having sexual intercouse with an underage person in each police force in (i) England and (ii) Wales in each of the last three years; what percentage of these cases resulted in a custodial sentence; and what the average length of the prison term was.
(132152)
390
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by his Department.
(132199)
391
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average processing time is for a claim by an asylum seeker or refugee with extraordinary leave to remain for indefinite leave to remain; and how many such claims are in process as of 17th April.
(131843)
392
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police forces provide subsidised public transport for their staff.
(132312)
393
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign students registered to enter the United Kingdom to work as seasonal workers in agriculture in each of the last 10 years, broken down by nation and region of origin; and if he will make a statement.
(132080)
394
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many EU nationals registered to enter the United Kingdom to work as seasonal workers in agriculture in 2007, broken down by nation and region of origin; and if he will make a statement.
(132081)
395
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on his Department's decision to phase out the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme in 2010.
(132082)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
396
Lyn Brown (West Ham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department is making a contribution to the UN Consolidated Appeals Process for Uganda; and if he will make a statement.
(132304)
397
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment has been made of the long-term effects of the sewage situation in Gaza following the flooding of Um Al Nasser on 27th March.
(132083)
398
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations have been made to the Israeli government to ensure that access is granted to those involved in the task of building new Gaza sewage plants.
(132084)
399
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance the UK is offering towards international efforts to build new treatment plants to prevent future sewage floodings in Gaza.
(132085)
400
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by his Department.
(132198)
401
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on his Department's current projects in Afghanistan.
(132267)
Questions to the Leader of the House
402
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Leader of the House, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by his Office.
(132197)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
403
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the end of year underspends for 2006-07 were for each of the Northern Ireland departments.
(132224)
404
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what overspends there were in budget lines of Northern Ireland departments for 2006-07.
(132225)
405
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what organisations applied for funding under the community relations core funding scheme 2007-10; and which organisations were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful with their application.
(131680)
406
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which organisations appealed the decision not to grant funding under the community relations core funding scheme 2007-10; and which organisations were (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful with their appeals.
(131681)
407
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, who the members are of the (a) decision making group and (b) appeals panel for the community relations core funding scheme 2007-10; and why each was appointed.
(131682)
408
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many vehicles were damaged by missiles thrown at vehicles on the A12 Belfast Westlink in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.
(132239)
409
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures the Government plans to provide to improve the security of staff in casualty departments in Northern Ireland hospitals, with particular reference to the Downe Hospital, Downpatrick.
(132097)
410
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many new houses were constructed by housing associations in each district council area in Northern Ireland between 1st April 2000 and 31st March 2007.
(132098)
411
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many public authority houses were sold by the housing associations and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive between 1st April 2000 and 31st March 2007.
(132099)
412
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total housing stock owned by the Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the housing associations (a) is and (b) was in April (i) 2000, (ii) 2002, (iii) 2004 and (iv) 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(132100)
413
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what significant decisions have been made by the four Commissioners appointed to the South Eastern Education and Library Board since their appointment in 2006.
(132213)
414
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what monies have been paid to the four Commissioners who were appointed to the South Eastern Education and Library Board in June 2006.
(132214)
415
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which communities have received funding from the Renewing Communities programme since the establishment of the scheme; and how much each received.
(132281)
416
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps were taken to ensure that (a) the Renewing Communities programme and (b) the projects supported by funding from that scheme honoured the equality provisions as laid out in the Northern Ireland Act 1998; and if he will make a statement.
(132282)
417
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the operation of the Renewing Communities programme since its establishment; and what the future plans for the scheme are.
(132283)
418
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what surplus land is owned by Government departments in Northern Ireland; what the acreage is of that land; and what plans the Government has for this land.
(132284)
419
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) target and (b) actual waiting times for (i) surgery, (ii) first outpatient appointment and (iii) a diagnostic test at Northern Ireland hospitals were at the end of March (A) 2007 and (B) 2006.
(132285)
420
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted on charges relating to having sexual intercouse with an underage person in each district command unit of the Police Service of Northern Ireland in each of the last three years; what percentage of these cases resulted in a custodial sentence; and what the average length of the prison term was.
(132151)
421
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what analysis has been carried out to ascertain the main reasons why students in further education in Northern Ireland dropped out of their courses in the last three years.
(132185)
422
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many students in further education in Northern Ireland failed to complete their course in the last 12 months; and how many of them were in the final year of their course.
(132187)
423
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many planning applications (a) to construct and (b) to add to existing telecommunications masts in each council area of Northern Ireland were approved in the last 12 months.
(132188)
424
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by (a) ministers and (b) senior civil servants in each department in Northern Ireland.
(132210)
425
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost to his Department was of the ministerial car fleet in each year since the suspension of the Northern Ireland Assembly; and what the total cost to the Department of Finance and Personnel was of the car fleet in each year of the devolved Assembly.
(132211)
426
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate he has made of the pay gap between men and women in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months.
(132279)
427
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much discount was lost by each department in Northern Ireland in each of the last three years as a result of failure to pay invoices within the stipulated time period.
(132280)
428
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average daily passenger numbers were for each bus route to and from Carrickfergus in each month over the last three years.
(131983)
Questions to the Prime Minister
429
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Prime Minister, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by his Office.
(132196)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
430
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by his Department.
(132195)
Questions to the Solicitor General
431
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Solicitor General, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by the Law Officers' Departments.
(132194)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
432
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, to what extent preferences shown by members of the public may influence the research priorities set by the Medical Research Council.
(132219)
433
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what (a) process and (b) decision-making criteria will be used to set research funding priorities for the Medical Research Council in each of the next three years; and what the timetable is for the setting of those priorities in each year.
(132222)
434
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many businesses went bankrupt in each month of the last 10 years in (a) the United Kingdom, (b) each region and (c) each London borough.
(132173)
435
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what account is taken in the proposed accreditation for solar PV installers of (a) the costs of entry into the marketplace for smaller companies and (b) the compliance costs on those existing small companies in the market.
(132177)
436
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many notices of warning under the Estate Agents Act 1979 were issued by the Office of Fair Trading in 2006.
(131801)
437
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many notices of prohibition under the Estate Agents Act 1979 were issued by the Office of Fair Trading in 2006.
(131802)
438
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the regulations are regarding flammability and safety of children's nightwear.
(132116)
439
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to review the legislation governing the safety of children's nightwear.
(132117)
440
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what estimate he has made of the cost of improving the safety of nightwear; and what assessment he has made of the affordability of such improvements.
(132118)
441
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to ensure that an appropriate level of industrial land is available for business start-ups and other small and medium-sized enterprises in the manufacturing sector.
(131808)
442
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to ensure sufficient supply of land and accommodation for start-ups and small and medium sized enterprises in the manufacturing sector.
(131812)
443
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what incentives his Department provides to businesses seeking industrial premises for manufacturing.
(131813)
444
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what assistance his Department makes available to regional development agencies and local authorities to provide adequate land and accommodation for small business start-ups in the manufacturing sector.
(131814)
445
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by his Department.
(132193)
446
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects to make a statement on the outcome of the Post Office closure consultation.
(132269)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
447
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the announcement that 1,000 new carriages are planned to be added to the rail network by 2014, what assessment he has made of the capacity of non-suburban station platforms to accommodate longer trains.
(132306)
448
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures are taken to regulate the safety and roadworthiness of farm tractors.
(131820)
449
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding the British Transport Police received from (a) his Department, (b) the rail industry, broken down by service provider, and (c) Transport for London in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(132346)
450
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much funding he expects the British Transport Police to receive in 2007-08 from (a) his Department, (b) the rail industry, broken down by service provider, and (c) Transport for London; and if he will make a statement.
(132347)
451
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what value of (a) rail vehicles and (b) carriages are expected to be delivered in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008 and (iii) the Control Period 4 (2009-2014), broken down by (A) (1) manufacturer and (2) franchise on which they are expected to operate and (B) (x) orders already in place and (y) future planned orders.
(131793)
452
N
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rail vehicles and carriages (a) on order and (b) expected up to 2014 will be (i) replacement vehicles for existing rolling stock and (ii) additional rolling stock which will add to the total potential loading capacity of the rail network.
(131794)
453
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans his Department has to extend Walking to School initiatives.
(131566)
454
N
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many speed cameras there were in each police authority area in 1997.
(131795)
455
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what average cabin floor space is allocated to (a) first, (b) business and (c) economy class aircraft passengers.
(132132)
456
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consideration he has given to (a) the replacement of the British Rail Class 43 rolling stock and (b) a new generation high speed train.
(132215)
457
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, by what date the grant of £400,000 for the upgrade of Wolverton Station must be spent.
(132323)
458
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the budget allocated to Wolverton Station for an upgrade of station buildings has been reduced.
(132324)
459
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) percentage and (b) actual change he expects there to be in numbers of seats on (i) peak and (ii) off peak services from Milton Keynes Central from January 2009.
(132325)
460
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when he plans the new West Midlands Rail Franchise operator to be announced.
(132326)
461
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for how many years ahead rail timetable plans are made.
(132327)
462
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) fast, (b) semi fast and (c) slow trains he expects to be available per hour from Milton Keynes during (i) peak and (ii) off peak times when the platform upgrade at Milton Keynes station is completed.
(132328)
463
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when the platform upgrade of Milton Keynes station is due to be completed.
(132329)
464
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will estimate the number of fraudulent applications for driving licences in each of the last four years; and if he will make a statement.
(132090)
465
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment his Department has made of the recent performance of British Airways.
(132008)
466
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with British Airways on their record of service to travellers in recent months.
(132009)
467
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to ensure that (a) British Airways and (b) BAA plc has made appropriate preparations to manage risk.
(132010)
468
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by his Department.
(132192)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
469
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by his Department.
(132190)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
470
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of (a) existing and (b) new (i) incapacity benefit and (ii) disability living allowance claimants received an independent medical assessment in each of the last five years.
(131823)
471
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he has plans to extend the additional funding for English as a Second Language training proposed for London to other UK cities with large populations of residents for whom English is not a first language.
(131824)
472
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to improve access to information on financial support for families with disabled children.
(131825)
473
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to engage parents, local authorities and private sector organisations in discussions on child poverty, as proposed in the Working for Children Report published by his Department.
(131826)
474
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants receive benefit after (a) self assessment, (b) GP referral and (c) independent medical assessment.
(131827)
475
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of disability living allowance claimants receive benefit after (a) self assessment, (b) GP referral and (c) independent medical assessment.
(131828)
476
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what response he has made to David Freud's recommendation that back to work support for the hardest to help claimants should be provided by contracted organisations.
(131829)
477
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what consideration he has given to the introduction of a single working age benefit as recommended by David Freud.
(131830)
478
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what consideration he has given to David Freud's recommendation to transfer lone parents to jobseeker's allowance, or other appropriate benefit, when their youngest child reaches 12 years of age.
(131831)
479
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with private sector organisations on the introduction of a single working age benefit, as recommended by David Freud.
(131832)
480
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what further consideration he has given to the introduction of a work-related activity premium for lone parents with older children, as proposed in the Welfare Reform green paper.
(131833)
481
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average difference in child support payments is between those on the pre-2003 system and those on the new system in similar circumstances.
(131818)
482
Dr Roberta Blackman-Woods (City of Durham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on his plans to transfer the payment of child support for those on the pre-2003 system to the new system.
(131819)
483
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were in receipt of widowed parent's allowance in each of the last 10 years, in each local authority area.
(132172)
484
Frank Cook (Stockton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many mail items were sent by those bodies that award (a) pension credit, (b) housing benefit, (c) income support, (d) jobseeker's allowance, (e) incapacity benefit, (f) council tax benefit and (g) state pension for each of the last five years; how many of these were sent to deceased individuals; what arrangements are in place to ensure that the databases of these organisations are updated with details of individuals who have moved house; and if he will make a statement.
(132016)
485
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people claimed (a) income support, (b) job seeker's allowance, (c) housing benefit, (d) council tax benefit, (e) carer's allowance and (f) incapacity benefit in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(132112)
486
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether lie detector test pilot schemes for benefit claimants will analyse the psychological impact of undertaking a lie detector test on claimants who are not committing fraud.
(132223)
487
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures his Department is taking to combat discrimination against Black and Asian women in the workplace; and if he will make a statement.
(132287)
488
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the implementation of the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 on company benefits available to retired employees; and if he will make a statement.
(131993)
489
Margaret Moran (Luton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Asian men were on benefits in (a) the UK and (b) Luton over the last five years; and what proportion of (i) male and (ii) all benefit claimants this represents over the same period.
(131976)
490
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of fraudulent applications for national insurance numbers in each of the last four years; and if he will make a statement.
(132087)
491
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will estimate the number of fraudulent applications for benefits in each of the last four years; and if he will make a statement.
(132089)
492
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures are in place to limit the amount of money spent on alcohol for hospitality purposes by his Department.
(132189)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
493
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department has taken to ensure that the 2016 target for making all new homes carbon neutral will be reached.
[Transferred] (132286)
Questions to the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs
494
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Minister of State, Department for Constitutional Affairs, if she will publish information on judges to allow comparison of their sentencing for the same offences.
[Transferred] (132253)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
495
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make representations to the business community to divest from Sudan on ethical and prudential grounds.
[Transferred] (131835)
496
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what initiatives she is planning to take forward the UK's multilateral disarmament commitments in the run up to the Preparatory Committee meeting for the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty review conference in Vienna in May; and whether she has had any discussions with her United States counterpart on such proposals.
[Transferred] (132289)
497
Grant Shapps (Welwyn Hatfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will estimate the number of fraudulent applications for visas in each of the last four years; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (132088)
498
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many foreign students received visas to enter the United Kingdom to work as seasonal workers in agriculture in each of the last 10 years, broken down by nation and region of origin; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (132079)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
499
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Emily Thornberry (Islington South & Finsbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of cyclist fatalities involving heavy goods vehicles.
[Question Unstarred] (131453)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
500
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average weekly income of the lowest earning decile was in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
[Transferred] (132124)
501
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 19th March 2007, Official Report, column 622W and 27th March 2007, Official Report, column 1488W, on incapacity benefit appeals, what the reasons are for the time taken between the lodging of an appeal with the first tier agency and the referral of the appeal to the Tribunals Service; and what measures he is putting in place to improve performance.
[Transferred] (132126)

 
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