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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 15 May 2007

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 15 May 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 15 May 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 15 May 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 15 May of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 15 May see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will establish a target for availability of insure with rent schemes in greater numbers of local authorities and housing associations.
(137540)
2
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with (a) the insurance industry, (b) local government and (c) housing associations on promoting insure with rent schemes amongst uninsured households.
(137541)
3
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on increasing the availability of insure with rent schemes in local authorities and housing associations.
(137542)
4
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what training HM Revenue and Customs officials receive on the use of VAT and tax exemption booklets which refer to exemptions for which people with disabilities are eligible.
(137487)
5
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward proposals to change the application of VAT rules on the new build of care facilities.
(137313)
6
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people claimed tax credits in each of the last five years, broken down by occupational group; and what proportion of total claims each group represented.
(137233)
7
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment has been made of the compliance cost to the UK financial sector of the implementation of the provisions of UN Security Council Resolutions 1737 and 1747; and if he will make a statement.
(137475)
8
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what funds have been frozen in the UK in respect of UN Security Council Resolutions 1737 and 1747; and if he will make a statement.
(137476)
9
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the Exchequer of raising child benefit for oldest children by (a) £2, (b) £4, (c) £6, (d) £8, (e) £10, (f) £12 and (g) £14.
(137544)
10
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate how many children would be taken out of poverty assessed as 60 per cent. of median income if child benefit for oldest children was increased by (a) £2, (b) £4, (c) £6, (d) £8, (e) £10, (f) £12 and (g) £14.
(137545)
11
Mr David Wilshire (Spelthorne):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Paymaster General will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for Spelthorne dated 26th February about a constituent's tax credits problem (Treasury reference PO REF: 4/29817/2007).
(137502)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
12
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when the proposed trials of new evidence-based assessment tools for use by midwives and health visitors mentioned in her progress report on social exclusion will take place; and if she will make a statement.
(137534)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
13
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she plans to take to promote the take-up of insure with rent schemes amongst uninsured households; and if she will make a statement.
(137537)
14
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions she has had with (a) the insurance industry, (b) local government and (c) housing associations on promoting insure with rent schemes amongst uninsured households.
(137538)
15
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance she has issued to local authorities and housing associations on promoting insure with rent schemes amongst uninsured households.
(137539)
16
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar, of 20th April 2007, Official Report, column 792W, on home information packs, which organisation the concession agreement has been made with; what the total value is of the concession agreement contract; and if she will place a copy of the concession agreement in the Library.
(137514)
17
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department has been invited by the National Audit Office to comment on its draft report on the use of consultants on the Home Improvement Pack programme.
(137551)
18
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's latest estimate is of the average market cost of a home information pack, including VAT, (a) with a home condition report and (b) without a home condition report following the publication of the Home Information Pack Regulations 2007.
(137570)
19
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which government departments and agencies will have access to the central register of (a) home condition reports and (b) energy performance certificates.
(137571)
20
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the potential effect of the introduction of home information packs on the number of house sales prior to 1st June 2007.
(137572)
21
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions her Department has had with the Scottish Executive on the implementation of EU Directive 2002/91/EC, on energy performance of buildings in Scotland.
(137574)
22
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether domestic energy inspectors will be required to have Criminal Record Bureau checks.
(137576)
23
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) home inspectors and (b) domestic energy inspectors have been both trained and accredited.
(137577)
24
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of whether the cost of home information packs will be higher than the national average figure in (a) London and (b) the South East.
(137578)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
25
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the membership is of the (a) Olympic Board Steering group, (b) Olympic Programme Support Unit and (c) working level network of Olympic co-ordinators; what position is held by each; what expenses each has incurred; and on what dates each has attended meetings.
(137492)
26
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the estimated running costs are of (a) mandatory ceremonies, (b) bid projects and (c) the UK-Wide Cultural Festival during the Cultural Olympiad in 2012.
(137493)
27
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which gambling, betting and casino companies (a) Ministers and (b) officials have (i) met and (ii) spoken to on the telephone since 21st March 2007.
(137494)
28
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which categories of projects will be entitled to money from the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, UK Wide Cultural Festival.
(137495)
29
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the estimated annual running costs are of the Culture and Creativity Advisory Forum.
(137496)
30
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the (a) salary and (b) financial package is for a creative programmer; and what the budget is of each regional creative programme.
(137497)
31
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much local authorities spent on (a) arts organisations and (b) other arts related activities in each year since 1997.
(137498)
32
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to mark the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012.
(137506)
33
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to implement the policy in the Heritage Protection for the 21st Century White Paper to clarify and strengthen protections for World Heritage Sites; and if she will make a statement.
(137488)
34
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps her Department is taking to comply with the recommendations of UNESCO's Mission to London on the protection of World Heritage sites.
(137489)
35
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions her Department has held with the Greater London Authority on its policy on (a) the development of tall buildings in London and (b) the impact of such buildings on areas in London with World Heritage Site status.
(137490)
36
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made with the MOT for film policy announced by the Minister for Culture in a speech to the Institute for Public Policy Research on 15th June 2005.
(137491)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
37
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made in training the Iraqi police.
(136649)
38
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many quick construction bridges are stock-piled for civil contingencies and emergencies; and what estimate he has made of the number required.
(137139)
39
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of training exercises were cancelled in 2006-07.
(137141)
40
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate the number of British Gulf War I veterans who have been tested for contamination by depleted uranium; and if he will make a statement.
(137529)
41
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Dunfermline and West Fife of 12th December 2006, Official Report, column 940W, on veterans: mental health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Health and Social Care Advisory Service's recommendations of 2005 on mental health services for veterans; and if he will make a statement.
(137531)
42
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made with his Department's work to ensure that there is a coherent response to veterans' mental health issues; and if he will make a statement.
(137532)
43
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 20th March 2007, Official Report, column 749W, on Armed Forces: voluntary organisations, on what basis the fee was waived for the charity event organised by Sergeant Biddiss and held at RAF Brize Norton in March 2006.
(137547)
44
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases of medical treatment which have (a) been delayed and (b) not been received have been raised by veterans in the last five years.
(137548)
45
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many war veterans (a) were entitled to receive and (b) received priority treatment in each of the last five years, broken down by strategic health authority.
(137549)
46
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) 5.56mm and (b) 9mm rounds were carried by each of the 15 service personnel detained by the Iranians in March 2007.
(137550)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
47
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of how many children do not have contact with a non-resident parent as a result of a resident parent refusing to comply with a court order requiring the child to spend time with their non-resident parent.
(137513)
48
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the expected cost is of fee (a) loans and (b) grants for full-time students on undergraduate degrees linked to Higher Education Funding Council for England and Training and Development Agency-funded provision for EU students studying in English institutions in 2007-08; what the planned cash cost is of maintenance income contingent loans for full-time higher education students in England in 2007-08 and for EU students studying in English institutions; and what the planned cash cost is of grants for (i) full-time and (ii) part-time undergraduate students from EU member states studying in English institutions in England in 2007-08.
(137579)
49
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many disposals of school playing fields of areas of land greater than 0.2 hectares were proposed in each of the last 10 years.
(137499)
50
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many general consents have been approved since the School Playing Fields Advisory Panel was set up; and under what conditions and circumstances general consents are approved for school playing fields.
(137500)
51
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what average area in hectares of playing fields is owned by (a) all schools, (b) academies, (c) specialist schools and (d) specialist sports schools.
(137501)
52
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many of the planning applications for development of school playing fields were for improvements to the facilities in each of the last 10 years.
(137503)
53
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) applications to develop and (b) developments there have been of school playing fields in the last 10 years; and what the area in hectares was of each.
(137504)
54
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many applications for development on school playing fields have been made in the last 10 years, broken down by region.
(137505)
55
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether students pursuing the new business, administration and finance diploma will be able to gain qualifications in accounting as part of that diploma.
(136895)
56
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, whether pursuing the new business, administration and finance diploma will give students a direct non-university progression route towards becoming chartered accountants in the same way as current Association of Accounting Technician national vocational qualifications.
(136896)
57
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much his Department spent on educational research in the last two years for which figures are available; and how much was spent (a) in-house and (b) externally.
(137144)
58
N
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much his Department spent on educational research from the National Foundation for Educational Research in the last two years for which figures are available.
(137145)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
59
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which 10 areas of the UK had the highest number of fly-tipping incidents in 2006-07 according to the Flycapture database.
(137552)
60
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the UK supports a reduction in the EU's tariffs on biofuels such as ethanol.
(137515)
61
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the total cost to the UK economy of the first phase of the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme.
(137523)
62
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the extent of the reduction in (a) UK and (b) EU emissions which will result from the first phase of the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme.
(137524)
63
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of UK businesses that have decided to migrate from participation in the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme following changes made to the de minimis threshold of the scheme between its first phase and its second phase.
(137557)
64
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on advertising campaigns designed to encourage behavioural change to reduce carbon emissions in each year since 2000.
(137582)
65
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects (a) to finalise and (b) to publish his Department's policy on wild boar management.
(137138)
66
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received, and from whom, on the introduction of a closed season for the shooting of hares; and if he will make a statement.
(137136)
67
David Maclean (Penrith & The Border):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he expects to meet the payment deadline for the 2006 single payment scheme.
(137486)
68
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many sites of special scientific interest have been identified by Natural England as requiring a (a) management notice and (b) management scheme to secure their condition.
(137527)
69
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many bovine tuberculin skin tests were carried out by lay testers in each year between 2004 and 2007.
(137032)
70
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many lay testers were involved in tuberculosis testing in each year between 2004 and 2007.
(137033)
71
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on the changes to eligibility for common land in the single farm payment scheme.
(137034)
72
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether cattle tested for tuberculosis by a lay tester would have the necessary clearance for live export from the UK.
(137036)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
73
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when she will reply to the letter dated 1st May 2007 from the hon. Member for Billericay on the subject of the Oral Answer of 1st May 2007, Official Report, columns 1360-1, on Iraq.
(136944)
74
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when she expects to reply to Question 136509, on Iraq, tabled by the hon. Member for Billericay on 3rd May 2007.
(136946)
75
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment she has made of the political situation in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
(136650)
76
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with the US authorities on the State Department report's description of the Sudanese regime as a strong partner in the war on terror.
(136893)
77
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent by (a) the UK Government and (b) the EU institutions on celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome in the UK.
(137520)
78
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which projects were funded by her Department's budget for EU Communications in each year since 1997; and how much the total budget was in each year.
(137521)
79
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the administration costs were to the UK of phase one of the European Union's Emissions Trading Scheme; what the projected administration costs are of phase two of the scheme; and what proportion of these costs will be borne by the smaller 50 per cent. of UK businesses.
(137522)
80
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff were employed in UK embassies abroad in each year since 1980.
(137580)
81
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff were employed by each (a) team and (b) programme within the Europe Directorate of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in each year since 1990.
(137581)
82
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 19th March 2007, Official Report, column 600W, on Zimbabwe: human rights, what steps have been taken by the EU to engage with southern African governments on the situation in Zimbabwe; and what the outcome has been of these steps.
(137471)
83
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK plans to oppose the invitation of President Mugabe of Zimbabwe to the EU-Africa summit in Lisbon in 2007; and if she will make a statement.
(137472)
84
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what gaps in (a) EU and (b) international funding for the African Union Mission in Sudan have been identified; and which countries have yet to fulfil their commitments in this area.
(137473)
85
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total cost will be of the three-day Commonwealth meeting in Uganda in November 2007; how much will be met by (a) her Department and (b) other UK Government departments; and if she will make a statement.
(137528)
86
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contingency plans her Department has made for the anti-government demonstrations planned during the Queen's visit to Uganda; and if she will make a statement.
(137530)
87
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made to the Afghan government on its proposed legislation on immunity from prosecution.
(137140)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
88
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place for the provision of support for nurses who have been assaulted in the workplace.
(136648)
89
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements are made for the screening for tuberculosis of immigrants arriving (a) legally and (b) illegally if apprehended at the Port of Dover.
(136735)
90
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many asthma patients in the Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust area have (a) a written personal asthma action plan and (b) a care plan; and if she will make a statement.
(136756)
91
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many community-based specialists in the care of patients with asthma there are in the East of England Strategic Health Authority area; and if she will make a statement.
(136757)
92
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the standardised admission rate to hospitals for asthma was for each primary care trust in England in 2005.
(136758)
93
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was paid to consultants in fees and expenses by (a) her Department and (b) the NHS in each year since 1997.
(136983)
94
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) management, (b) IT and (c) other consultants have been employed to work on the Medical Training Application Service; and how much has been paid to each.
(136984)
95
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations she has received on ring-fencing funding for the carers' grant; and if she will make a statement.
(136985)
96
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate she has made of the number of people suffering from cancer who have been denied drugs on account of their cost; and if she will make a statement.
(137411)
97
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of drugs prescribed to treat cancer was in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(137412)
98
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of regional variations in England in the treatment of cancer, with particular reference to the prescribing of drugs; and if she will make a statement.
(137413)
99
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice her Department has issued to hospitals on the use of mobile phones on hospital premises.
(137478)
100
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she will place in the Library a copy of the Independent Review of Palliative Care Services for Children.
(137143)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
101
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much each police authority in England and Wales spent on training (a) police officers, (b) police community support officers and (c) special constables in each of the last 10 years.
(137171)
102
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will introduce age restrictions on the fingerprinting of asylum seekers.
(137508)
103
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria were used when finalising the list of approved passport photo countersignatories.
(137553)
104
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of proposals for a centralised EU database of fingerprints; what estimate has been made of the (a) set up costs and (b) annual running costs of the database; and if he will make a statement.
(137518)
105
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the longest recorded journey time was for non-human primates imported into the United Kingdom for research purposes from (a) China, (b) Mauritius, (c) Indonesia, (d) the Philippines, (e) Vietnam and (f) Israel in each year since 1997.
(137525)
106
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reasons are for the recent increase in charges to owners for recovery of stolen cars.
(137507)
107
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16th April 2007, Official Report, columns 483-4W, on prisoners: foreigners, what the cost to the public purse was of imprisoning (a) non-British EU national prisoners and (b) non-EU foreign national prisoners in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2007.
(136548)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
108
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the likely effect on development of separating the security and reconstruction roles of the Provincial Reconstruction Teams in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(137142)
Questions to the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice
109
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, what the shortfall is of prison staff at (a) operational support grade, (b) prison officer, (c) senior prison officer, (d) principal prison officer and (e) governor grade level; and if she will make a statement.
(137485)
110
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, when Lord Carter's review of short term prison place building plans and longer term issues affecting the prison estate will be completed; and when his report will be published.
(137480)
111
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, when she expects to publish her response to Baroness Corston's review of women in the criminal justice system.
(137481)
112
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, how many offender managers employed by the National Offender Management Service are working with offenders in (a) the community and (b) custody; what the ratio is of offender managers to offenders in each case; and what plans she has to increase the number of offender managers in each category over the next four years.
(137482)
113
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, how many offenders on (a) parole and (b) licence were recalled to prison in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(137483)
114
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, when she will reply to Parliamentary Question 122915, tabled by the hon. and learned Member for Harborough for written answer on 20th February.
(137484)
115
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, how many offenders were sentenced to indeterminate sentences of imprisonment for public protection in each year since the relevant provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 were implemented; and how many such prisoners have been (a) released in line with their tariff minimum sentence and (b) kept in custody beyond their tariff minimum sentence, broken down into those in custody (i) six months over their tariff and (ii) in increasing increments of six months over their tariff.
(137546)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
116
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the timetable was for the implementation of each part of EU Directive 2002/91/EC, on energy performance of buildings, in Northern Ireland; and whether a regulatory impact assessment was produced for its implementation prior to the restoration of devolved government.
(137575)
Questions to the Prime Minister
117
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Prime Minister, when he will reply to the letter dated 2nd May 2007 from the hon. Member for Billericay on the subject of his Oral Answer of 2nd May 2007, Official Report, column 1505, on Iraq.
(136943)
118
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Prime Minister, when he expects to reply to Question 136508, on Iraq, tabled by the hon. Member for Billericay on 3rd May.
(136945)
119
Mr George Osborne (Tatton):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report on the future of the Treasury drawn up by Lord Birt in 2005.
(137477)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
120
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, following the announcement of revised policy on weights and measures in the EU Trade and Industry Commissioner's recent statement, if he will press for the late Mr Steven Thoburn to receive a posthumous Royal Pardon.
(137410)
121
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what plans he has to legislate to remove restrictions on the use of imperial measures; and whether he will issue revised guidance on prosecution to trading standards officers following the implementation of the revised policy outlined in the EU Trade and Industry Commissioner's recent statement on weights and measures.
(137414)
122
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, whether following the implementation of the revised policy outlined in the EU Trade and Industry Commissioner's recent statement on weights and measures it will become legal to sell (a) loose bananas by the pound, (b) timber in feet and inches, (c) fabric in yards, (d) beer in pints and (e) petrol in gallons in the UK.
(137415)
123
N
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, if he will place in the Library the regulatory impact assessment for implementation of administered incentive pricing; and if he will make a statement.
(136084)
124
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many postcards he has received as part of the Not via Swindon campaign to keep the Gloucester sorting office open.
(136894)
125
N
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, when he expects to publish his Department's plans to improve payment practices under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (Part II).
(136982)
126
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what tonnage of sheep meat was imported to the UK from New Zealand in each year between 2004 and 2006; and how much has been imported in 2007.
(137035)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
127
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the required response time is in the event of an (a) incident and (b) terrorist attack involving a transport ship carrying plutonium-based MOX fuel in European Union waters.
(137554)
128
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what bilateral agreements with (a) other European Union States, (b) Norway and (c) Russia are in place to provide emergency response to an incident in their waters involving a vessel carrying plutonium-based MOX fuel being moved from Sellafield.
(137555)
129
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether alcohol consumption is permitted on the vessels used by PNTL and NDA to transport plutonium-based MOX fuels from Sellafield to (a) other EU Members States and (b) Japan.
(137556)
130
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans he has for the disposition of the British Transport Police.
(136651)
131
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he intends to take to reduce congestion on the northbound carriageways of the M1 motorway between junctions 25 and 26.
(137137)
132
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd May 2007, Official Report, column 1677W, on traffic lights, what progress is being made in the introduction of traffic responsive operation of traffic signals.
(137470)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
133
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the family carers group established by the Disability and Carers Service last met.
(137533)
134
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average Social Fund Community Care Grant award was in (a) England and (b) each region in 2005-06 and 2006-07.
(137535)
135
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the impact of the real terms reduction in the Social Fund Community Care Grant budget on the resettlement of homeless people.
(137536)
136
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, (c) independent medical assessment, (d) provision of additional information, (e) non fee-paying referral and (f) using form IB85.
(137543)
137
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many participants there have been on the New Deal 50 Plus in each month since it was created; and how many of these were completing the course for the (a) first, (b) second, (c) third and (d) fourth or more time.
(136980)
138
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many participants on the New Deal 50 Plus programme left the scheme for sustainable employment in each month since the programme was created.
(136981)
139
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many national insurance numbers were given to non-UK nationals each year since 1992, broken down by nationality.
(137519)
140
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what definition his Department uses for absent fathers; and how many and what proportion of British men fit this definition, broken down by age group.
(137526)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
141
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she is taking to prevent increases in council tax valuations arising from the making of environmental improvements to properties.
[Transferred] (137479)
Questions to the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice
142
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 8th May 2007, Official Report, column 75W, on custodial treatment: courts, what the cost of scoping studies has been since 1st January 2007.
[Transferred] (137573)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
143
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what the cost implications are of the EU's 2020 biofuel and renewable energy targets.
[Transferred] (137516)
144
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many UK export credit guarantees were issued by the Export Credits Guarantee Department on contracts with the National Iranian Oil Company in each of the last five years; and what the value was of each guarantee.
[Transferred] (137474)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
145
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent (a) in the UK and (b) in the EU on subsidies for biofuels in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (137517)

 
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