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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 22 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.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 22 May 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 22 May 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 22 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 22 May of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 22 May see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to meet representatives of the nuclear industry in the next six months.
(138884)
2
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the teenage conception rate was for each ward in the Metropolitan Borough of Wirral at the latest available date.
(138438)
3
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with (a) the Ministry of Defence and (b) the Department of Communities and Local Government on the proposed council tax waiver for service personnel on operations overseas; and if he will make a statement.
(138807)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
4
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much the Charities Advisory Trust has received from the public purse since it was set up; and for what purpose funding was provided.
(138939)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
5
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many units of accommodation for key workers were (a) provided and (b) unoccupied in each year for which figures are available.
(138752)
6
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will take steps to increase the number of shared equity family homes in (a) Warrington South and (b) other North West housing hot spots.
(138766)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
7
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent on the BBC Jam service prior to its suspension.
(138838)
8
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she had with the BBC Trust prior to its decision to suspend the BBC Jam service.
(138839)
9
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the implications for the BBC Trust's public service broadcasting obligations of its decision to suspend its BBC Jam services; and if she will make a statement.
(138840)
10
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of her Department's code of practice on ticket touting in reducing that practice.
(138841)
11
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance her Department has issued to internet auction sites on ticket touting; and if she will make a statement.
(138842)
12
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions she has had with representatives of (a) music concerts, (b) music festivals, (c) sporting events and (d) theatres on ticket touting; when such discussions took place; and if she will make a statement.
(138843)
13
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on how many occasions she has met the current Chairman of VisitBritain; what the agenda was for each meeting; and if she will make a statement.
(138844)
14
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of VisitBritain's funding against its objectives.
(138845)
15
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the impact of VisitBritain's recent decision on staff redundancies upon her Department's target of creating a £100 billion tourism industry by 2010; and if she will make a statement.
(138846)
16
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many betting shops there were in each local authority area in each of the last three years.
(138879)
17
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding will be available to the National Sports Foundation in each year until the 2012 Olympics.
(138703)
18
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much financial support Sport England will provide for Cricket's Chance to Shine programme in each year until the 2012 Olympics.
(138704)
19
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the current balance is of the National Lottery Distribution Fund.
(138705)
20
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what responsibilities Sport England has with regard to the protection of public playing fields.
(138706)
21
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions have taken place between Sport England and the London Borough of Hackney on the future of the playing fields at Hackney Marshes; and what the outcome was of those discussions.
(138707)
22
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans are in place to ensure that the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games will be able to be seen in the UK on high definition.
(138440)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
23
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when Alan Garwood notified his Department that he was joining BAE Systems on leaving the Defence Export Services Organisation.
(138930)
24
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the post of Head of Defence Export Services was advertised; and in what publications.
(138931)
25
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who is on the selection panel that will appoint the new Head of Defence Export Services.
(138932)
26
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to be able to announce the appointment of the new Head of Defence Export Services.
(138933)
27
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed forces of Sudan attended UK military establishments in each of the last three years.
(138774)
28
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures apart from retention initiatives his Department is implementing to increase armed forces manpower.
(138775)
29
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 30th April 2007, Official Report, column 1463W, on Departments: money, what steps he is taking to reduce the amount of notes and coins lost each year.
(138776)
30
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Chelsea barracks were sold for; and how the net proceeds of the sale will be disposed of.
(138808)
31
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the hon. Member for North East Milton Keynes's constituent Mr Ron Nield to be sent a reply to his letter to the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency.
(138906)
32
N
Mr Robert Walter (North Dorset):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many visits he has made to servicemen and women wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan; and how many visits have been made by other Ministers.
(138833)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
33
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance, other than that relating to the Criminal Records Bureau checking procedures, he provides on the measures schools should take to ensure that they are safe.
(138435)
34
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what guidance his Department issues to local authorities and schools about (a) appropriate professional relationships between teachers and other staff and pupils and their families and (b) physical contact with pupils to safeguard children in education.
(138626)
35
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, which organisation was used by his Department to assess the appropriateness of the electoral arrangements for deciding on the continuance of grammar schools; and how much that organisation was paid for its services.
(138625)
36
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much of the Learning and Skills Council £4 million budget for young mothers to be available from 1st April 2007 has been allocated to the Wirral.
(138439)
37
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 10th May 2007, Official Report, column 363W, on physical education, what measures have been put in place to ensure the accuracy of the data provided by schools as part of the annual school sport surveys.
(138836)
38
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 10th May 2007, Official Report, column 363W, on physical education, how the validation exercise carried out by TNS is conducted; and what procedures are used.
(138837)
39
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if he will place in the Library a copy of the PA consulting review of the Healthy Schools programme.
(138848)
40
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proposals and programmes his Department has put in place to promote physical education and healthy living in the further education sector.
(138849)
41
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of schools which are participating in the National Healthy Schools programme; what proportion of them have achieved National Healthy School status; and if he will make a statement.
(138850)
42
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of schools have been awarded the Sports Partnership Mark scheme by the Youth Sport Trust; and if he will make a statement.
(138851)
43
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of schools have been awarded the Sportsmark scheme by the Youth Sport Trust; and if he will make a statement.
(138852)
44
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, on how many occasions his Department has issued (a) directives, (b) requirements and (c) advice to (i) primary schools and (ii) secondary schools in the last 12 months.
(138853)
45
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many Ofsted inspectors have physical education as their subject specialism.
(138882)
46
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the National Curriculum requirement is for the provision of physical education in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.
(138883)
47
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he plans to take to secure recognition of employment-based teacher training programmes in countries outside the European Economic Area.
(138847)
48
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 10th May 2007, Official Report, column 344W, on the Olympic Games: Greater London, how his Department plans to monitor progress towards and achievement of the targets set by Construction Skills to address the skills needs of the Olympic Project; whether these targets will extend beyond 2012; and if he will make a statement.
(138894)
49
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the next scheduled date is for a meeting of the Missing Persons Strategic Oversight Group; how his Department will be represented at that meeting; and what the report-back process will be to Ministers in his Department.
(138764)
50
Mr Michael Wills (North Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what percentage of eligible parents took up their full entitlement to childcare support in 2006-07.
(138832)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
51
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was received from the purchase of fishing rod licences in each of the last five years.
(138880)
52
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost of collecting rod licence fees was in each of the last five years, broken down by type of cost.
(138881)
53
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on the use of Diquat to control weed growth in watercourses; and if he will make a statement.
(138830)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
54
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many contraventions of Coalition Provisional Authority memorandum number 17 by private military companies operating in Iraq there were in each year since it came into force, broken down by type of contravention.
(138809)
55
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many individuals in Iraq were killed by employees of (a) UK-registered and (b) other private military companies in each year since the invasion.
(138810)
56
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will place in the Library a list of private military companies operating in Iraq indicating in each case in which country they are registered.
(138811)
57
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with (a) the Russian Ambassador and (b) the Ambassador of Burma on the export of Russian nuclear technology to Burma; and if she will make a statement.
(138437)
58
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 Pakistan.
(138007)
59
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response she has made to French proposals to create a union of Mediterranean countries.
(138008)
60
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many tourists visited Ascension Island in 2005-06.
(138656)
61
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when she expects the Island Council of Ascension to meet next.
(138657)
62
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost was of producing the 2005 Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Office's economic report on Ascension Island.
(138658)
63
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the Government supports the United Nations policy of calling for the creation of a peace zone and a no-fly zone in North Eastern Sri Lanka; and if she will make a statement.
(138627)
64
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will hold discussions with her Sri Lanka counterpart on (a) securing legal protection for the Tamil language and Tamil Eelam region in the North East of Sri Lanka and (b) the representation of the Tamil people in the Sri Lankan parliament; and if she will make a statement.
(138628)
65
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what effect she expects the outsourcing of her Department's language teaching operation to have on costs.
(138898)
66
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will publish the new language teaching business model.
(138899)
67
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how her Department will determine which language providers to use under the new language teaching business model.
(138900)
68
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what evidential basis she reached the conclusion that the language teaching function would be uneconomic for her Department to operate.
(138901)
69
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many departmental staff were trained in a foreign language in each of the last three years for which figures are available; in how many languages training was available in each year; and what proportion of training was carried out overseas in each year.
(138902)
70
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff in her Department she expects to be trained in a foreign language in each of the first three years of the new language teaching business model; in how many languages training will be available in each year; and what proportion of training will be carried out overseas in each year.
(138905)
71
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports she has received of the recent treatment of students and staff at Jaffa University, Sri Lanka, by the Sri Lankan army; and what discussions she has had (a) with the Sri Lankan government and (b) at a European level on the behavior of the Sri Lankan army towards civilians.
(138831)
72
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many appeals against refusal to grant entry clearance at the British Embassy, Addis Ababa have been upheld in the last 12 months; and of these how many visas have not yet been issued by the Embassy following such appeals.
(138867)
73
N
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the recognition of adoption orders in the Council of Europe.
(138328)
74
N
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will make a statement on the recognition of British adoptions in other European Union countries.
(138329)
75
N
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what response the Government has made to the Council of Europe's ruling on case no. 5913/72, on recognition of adoptions.
(138330)
76
N
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what correspondence has been received by her Department from Mr David Rose of Dublin.
(138331)
77
N
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the Government has made to the Council of Europe about the recognition of British adoptions abroad.
(138332)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
78
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the danger to pregnant women posed by infection with group B streptococcus; what plans she has (a) to introduce a national screening programme for pregnant women and (b) to raise awareness of infection among (i) women and (ii) healthcare professionals; what assessment she has made of the indicative reliability of (A) a high vaginal swab and (B) the enrichment culture method test; and what plans she has to make the enrichment culture method test available to women free at the point of demand on the NHS.
(138505)
79
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th May 2007, Official Report, column 606W, on NHS: drugs, what assessment she has made of the role of (a) general practitioners and (b) pharmacists in over-prescribing medicines.
(138868)
80
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th May 2007, Official Report, column 606W, on NHS: drugs, what steps are being taken to reduce the amount of unused medicines.
(138869)
81
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th May 2007, Official Report, column 606W, on NHS: drugs, what recent discussions she has had on limits on the length of prescription periods.
(138870)
82
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th May 2007, Official Report, column 606W, on NHS: drugs, what guidance her Department has issued to general practitioners on over-prescribing of medicines.
(138871)
83
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th May 2007, Official Report, column 606W, on NHS: drugs, what assessment she has made of the role of pharmaceutical companies in the over-prescribing of medicines.
(138872)
84
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many births there were in each hospital consultant-led maternity unit in (a) 2005 and in (b) 2006.
(138708)
85
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations funded by her Department were planned to be undertaken by independent sector treatment centres in the first wave; how many operations were undertaken; and how many operations it is estimated will be undertaken within the contract period.
(138724)
86
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th May 2007, Official Report, column 590W, on hospitals, where each of the new hospitals opened since 1979 are located.
(138834)
87
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice her Department issues on the recommended period of time between dental check ups.
(138895)
88
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the population in (a) England and (b) Milton Keynes has attended a dental surgery in the last two years.
(138896)
89
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what target is set by her Department for the average number of units of dental activity per hour a dentist is expected to achieve.
(138897)
90
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether her Department has carried out an assessment of the (a) prevalence and (b) risk to public health of smoking in churches and other places of worship; and if she will make a statement.
(138528)
91
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis is for the conclusion of her Department's National Director for Emergency Access that an acute hospital with a catchment population of between 400,000 and 500,000 people would be better able to deliver consultant-led services, as stated in his email of 27th March to Dr Mark Signy of Worthing and Southlands Hospital NHS Trust.
(138597)
92
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when she expects Bevacizumab to become routinely available on the NHS for the treatment of bowel cancer.
(138598)
93
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which electoral wards in Nottinghamshire have the lowest numbers of people registered with (a) general practitioners and (b) dentists.
(138827)
94
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Unit of Dental Activity payment fee is in each primary care trust in England.
(138864)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
95
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he is taking to tackle crime against business.
(138006)
96
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that online websites comply with the prohibition of ticket touting in respect of regulated football matches.
(138877)
97
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions for (i) online and (ii) offline offences there were of ticket touts under the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in each year since it came into effect.
(138878)
98
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum seekers are living in Bassetlaw constituency.
(138823)
99
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many farmers receiving single farm payments in the UK applied for work permits for overseas workers in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.
(138829)
100
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of criminal damage were recorded in each London borough in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of such incidents led to a conviction in each year.
(138909)
101
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Department for Education and Skills on the next scheduled date for a meeting of the Missing Persons Strategic Oversight Group; how his Department will be represented at that meeting; and what the report-back process will be for Ministers in his Department.
(138763)
102
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 16th April 2007, Official Report, column 479W, on police equal opportunities, when he expects the Women in Policing Steering Group to report on whether further targets should be set for the recruitment, retention and progression of female police officers.
(138477)
103
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 15th March 2007, Official Report, column 546W, on police, whether the position of Chief Constable has been filled in (a) Lancashire, (b) Durham and (c) North Yorkshire; when interviews will be held for posts in (i) Staffordshire and (ii) Sussex; and if he will make a statement.
(138478)
104
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications were received for the position of crime scene investigator in England and Wales in each of the last three years; and what proportion were successful.
(138479)
105
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crime scene investigators are in post in each police force in England and Wales; and what percentage of these are civilian.
(138480)
106
N
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the trends in crime clear-up rates since 2000.
(138481)
107
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for citizenship were rejected on the grounds of (a) character in each month since December 2006 and (b) language or knowledge of the UK in each month since November 2005.
(138873)
108
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been granted citizenship at his discretion when they do not meet the other criterion stated in the British Nationality Act 1981, in the last 12 months; and on what grounds.
(138874)
109
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have (a) taken and (b) passed the Life in the UK test since November 2005; and how many in each category have been refused citizenship.
(138875)
110
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people met the requirements for citizenship but have not attended the citizenship ceremony in each month since the introduction of the ceremony; and how many of those were granted citizenship at his discretion.
(138876)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
111
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid the Government gave directly to the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo in each of the last 10 years.
(138910)
112
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in (a) Portugal, (b) Germany and (c) Belgium on logging concessions in the Democratic Republic of Congo held by companies with headquarters based in those countries.
(138866)
Questions to the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice
113
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19th March 2007, Official Report, column 620W, on David Kelly, if she will list (a) the interested persons and (b) the members of the press who were notified shortly beforehand; and what the time of notification was in each case.
(138813)
114
Mr David Blunkett (Sheffield, Brightside):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, pursuant to the Answers of (a) 21st March 2007, Official Report, column 976W and (b) 24th April 2007, Official Report, column 1060W, on the Youth Justice Board, whether the research published on the Youth Justice Board's website represents all research that the Board has commissioned.
(138835)
115
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, what assessment she has made of the impact on the conviction rate of those pleading not guilty before the courts of the provisions of sections 100 to 103 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.
(138936)
116
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, what estimate she has made of (a) the number of contested trials in which, since the commencement of sections 100 to 103 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003, evidence of bad character has been admitted, (b) the number and percentage of those trials which have resulted in conviction and (c) the percentage of all trials before the courts in which such evidence has been admitted.
(138937)
117
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, what assessment she has made of the overall effects on the criminal justice system of the implementation of sections 100 to 103 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003.
(138938)
118
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, how much is expected to be received from payments of the Victims Surcharge in financial years (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10 and (d) 2010-11.
(138892)
119
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, what will happen to money received from payments of the Victims Surcharge.
(138893)
120
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, which offences fall under the definition of `acquisitive crime' as referred to by the Secretary of State for Justice in his recent speech on sentencing.
(138908)
Questions to the Solicitor General
121
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Solicitor General, pursuant to the letter to the hon. Member for Twickenham of 3rd May 2007 from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department of Trade and Industry, if he will list the eight investigations of foreign bribery being undertaken by the Serious Fraud Office.
(138436)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
122
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is considering to prolong the working lives of employed elderly people.
(138009)
123
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, pursuant to the Answer of 15th January 2007, Official Report, column 817W, on waste electric and electronic equipment, if he will place in the Library the results of research sponsored by his Department and the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs into the levels of waste disposal due to switchover.
(138935)
124
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many outstanding claims there are in relation to (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger for (i) living and (ii) deceased miners in Bassetlaw handled by (A) VDM/Vendside and (B) others.
(138824)
125
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many miners and former miners have died before settlement of (a) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and (b) vibration white finger compensation claims.
(138825)
126
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what targets are set by his Department for regional development agencies (RDAs) to support the Government's target on regional competitiveness; what assessment he has made of performance by each RDA against these targets; and if he will make a statement.
(138753)
127
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what guidance he has provided to regional development agencies (RDAs) on international marketing strategy; and by what criteria he measures the effectiveness of strategies adopted by RDAs.
(138754)
128
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps he is taking to ensure that the spending decisions of the North West Regional Development Agency are consistent with the Public Service Agreement target for regional competitiveness.
(138755)
129
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many television signal reception installers had signed up to the Registered Digital Installer scheme at 30th April 2007, broken down by ITV region.
(138162)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
130
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the percentage change in real terms of the cost of travelling by (a) private car, (b) bus and (c) train since 1997.
(138885)
131
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was paid to bus operators through the Bus Service Operators Grant in each year since 2000-01, broken down by (a) region and (b) local authority and passenger transport executive areas.
(138886)
132
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many bus stations there are in England, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) passenger transport executive areas.
(138887)
133
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the current rates are of the Bus Service Operator's Grant scheme for each fuel type.
(138888)
134
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many rural bus services are supported by rural bus grants, broken down by local authority area.
(138889)
135
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average (a) number and (b) distance of trips as calculated by the National Travel Survey was by (i) car driver, (ii) car passenger, (iii) bus passenger, (iv) pedestrian and (v) other modes of transport user, broken down by (A) reasons for journey, (B) sex and (C) age, in the latest three-year period for which results are available.
(138890)
136
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will place in the Library tables showing the traffic levels and accident rates for the Highways Agency Targeted Programme of Improvement road schemes in the last year for which figures are available; and what forecast has been made of likely levels of traffic and rates of accidents after construction works are completed.
(138891)
137
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cost increases he approved for road schemes in the Highways Agency targeted programme of improvements in each year since 1998.
(138903)
138
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cost increases he approved for Government-funded road schemes in the local transport plans programme in each year since 2000.
(138904)
139
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations have been received by his Department from local authorities for road safety improvements (a) in Elkesley village, (b) on the A57 in Worksop and (c) on the A620 in Bassetlaw.
(138828)
140
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions have taken place with representatives of cycling organisations on the new version of the Highway Code; and if he will make a statement.
(138293)
141
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his latest estimate is of the number of military users there will be of the Galileo satellite system.
(138750)
142
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what his latest estimate is of the (a) final costs and (b) completion date of the Galileo satellite system.
(138751)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
143
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date notice was given to Land Securities Trillium of the intention to vacate the Christchurch premises of Jobcentre Plus.
(138865)
144
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many lone parents claiming income support stopped claiming that benefit because (a) their partner status changed, (b) their employment status changed, (c) they started claiming a different benefit and (d) their status changed in any other respect in each month between 1992 and 2007.
(138812)
145
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which electoral wards in Nottinghamshire have the highest numbers of child support agency claimants.
(138826)
146
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will review the availability of literacy and numeracy basic skills training for people with a learning disability who are seeking or are in employment to ensure there are no special needs groups which are excluded from access to basic employment-focussed learning; and if he will make a statement.
(138765)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
147
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people aged 24 years of age or under were considered to be economically inactive in each London borough in each of the last 10 years.
[Transferred] (138907)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
148
N
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what legal advice the Government has received on the recognition of adoptions in Europe.
[Transferred] (138333)

 
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