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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 28 June 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 Thursday 28 June 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 28 June 2007


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

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


Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
1
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many instances there have been of debt caused by overpayment of tax credits being (a) generated and (b) subsequently cancelled, broken down by (i) constituency or (ii) nearest equivalent geographical area in the last year for which figures are available; and how much was (A) generated and (B) cancelled in each such area in the same period.
(146241)
2
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many babies were born in hospitals run by the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust in each of the last 10 years.
(145963)
3
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on the reform of taxation for older people on low incomes; if he will commission further research on the matter; and if he will make a statement.
(146257)
4
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much working families tax credit was (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid due to (i) error and (ii) fraud in each year that the credit was available.
(146258)
5
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 12th June 2007, Official Report, columns 940-1W, on lone parents, if he will estimate the average tax credit payment being made to single parents entitled to working tax credit, including the child care element, and child tax credit.
(146283)
6
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will increase the limit of the annual exemption from inheritance tax for gifts; and if he will make a statement.
(146593)
7
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many requests for internal review made to his Department under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 have taken longer than 40 working days to complete.
(146386)
8
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June 2007 to the hon. Member for Welwyn Hatfield, Official Report, column 1881W, on Departments: property, from which organisations his Department received letting income in each financial year from 2003-04 to 2006-07; and how much was received from each organisation.
(146489)
9
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment HM Treasury had made of the cost of a new GP contract prior to his 2002 Budget announcement that the new funding settlement for the NHS would pay for a new contract for family doctors.
(146525)
10
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the objectives are of his Department's Health Spending Team.
(146526)
11
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which Minister agreed to each use by his Department of a section 36 exemption to withhold information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and on which dates.
(146527)
12
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Consolidated Budgeting Guidance for each financial year since 1999-2000.
(146528)
13
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the level of annual average real growth is for the budget of (a) the Home Office and (b) the Ministry of Justice for the years covered by his Comprehensive Spending Review.
(146548)
14
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2007 to the hon. Member for Rayleigh, Official Report, column 1313W, on NHS: consultants, which of his Department's Ministers were involved in these discussions.
(146550)
15
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will consider (a) amalgamating the tax offices in Kettering into one building and (b) not relocating the staff to Northampton or Leicester.
(146400)
16
Mr Brooks Newmark (Braintree):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of sick leave taken by staff in his Department was stress-related in each of the last three years.
(146562)
17
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his officials have assessed the costings put forward in the unitary council bids under review by the Department for Communities and Local Government.
(146472)
18
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the overall annual level of public expenditure on transport per head of population was in (a) each of the English regions, (b) Northern Ireland, (c) Scotland, (d) Wales and (e) London in each of the last five years.
(146465)
19
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was raised by the landfill tax in each of the last 10 years for which records exist; and how much was (a) allocated in grants and (b) disbursed.
(146699)
20
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue collected under the landfill tax was (a) allocated and (b) disbursed to local authorities in each of the last 10 years for which records exist.
(146701)
21
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on value added tax and the purchase of aids and equipment for the elderly.
(146561)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
22
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, who the 10 highest paid barristers were in respect of fees paid by (a) the Treasury Solicitors and (b) the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last three years; what the fee income was in each case for each year; and if she will make a statement.
(146612)
23
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, on what date the decision was taken to appoint Michael Ellam as the new Downing Street Head of Communications; and what appointment process was followed.
(146431)
24
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if she will visit the Kettering voluntary network to discuss the challenges faced by the third sector in Kettering.
(146394)
25
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many families in Blackpool South have been classified as at risk as part of her Department's Families at Risk review.
(146451)
26
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many projects in Blackpool have received funding from her Department since the launch of the Social Exclusion Plan.
(146452)
27
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether her officials plan to meet frontline staff and key stakeholders in Blackpool as part of her Department's Families at Risk review.
(146521)
28
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at her Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
(146420)
29
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if she will place in the Library a copy of the recently announced UK-US Defence Trade Cooperation Treaty.
(146080)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
30
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answers of (a) 21st May 2007, Official Report, column 1096W, on council housing transfers: Chelmsford and (b) 19th January 2007, Official Report, column 1354W, on housing, what the source was of the data collated for the Answer provided in January that was not available for the Answer provided in May; for what reason the data became unavailable between January and May 2007; and if she will make a statement.
(145967)
31
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19th January 2007, Official Report, column 1354W, on housing, what proportion of the allocation to social housing in the Chelmsford local authority area was given to families and individuals who were resident outside the Chelmsford Local Authority area prior to an offer of housing being made (a) in 2006-07 and (b) so far in 2007-08.
(145968)
32
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she received the Sutton Housing Partnership's decent homes funding bid; when she expects to acknowledge its receipt; and when she expects to make a decision about the bid.
(146678)
33
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects regional directors to be appointed for each of the regional control centres; and what the target date is for the establishment of each regional control centre company under the Fire Control Project.
(146737)
34
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects the staffing model to be produced for each of the regional control centre companies; what change in job numbers she expects to result from the transition to regional control centres; and how many temporary staff are currently employed in each region.
(146738)
35
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place the business case for the Fire Control Project in the Library.
(146739)
36
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many part-time qualified and accredited home inspectors she expects there to be in each of the next three years; and if she will make a statement.
(146509)
37
Michael Gove (Surrey Heath):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 21st June 2007, Official Report, column 2103W, on home information packs, when the research will be published.
(146585)
38
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the contribution of the five planned eco-towns towards the Government's target of building 200,000 net additional homes per year by 2013.
(146393)
39
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the 10,000 to 20,000 new homes in each planned eco-town will be social homes.
(146401)
40
N
David Howarth (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of homes in England do not have any cavity walls.
(146281)
41
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations of (a) support and (b) opposition have been received for the unitary bid for Somerset local government from (i) hon. Members, (ii) district councils in Somerset, (iii) parish councils, (iv) the public through polls or opinion surveys, (v) businesses and (vi) other organisations in Somerset; and if she will make a statement.
(146608)
42
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made on the specification of the FireLink project; and what recent consultation she has held with relevant staff and trade unions.
(145998)
43
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what research her Department has carried out into the potential long-term health implications of using (a) hand-held radio schemes using the Tetra system and (b) vehicles fitted with Tetra masts and radios.
(145999)
44
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at her Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
(146427)
45
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to use the powers contained in Part 1, Chapter 1 of the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill, if enacted, to invite district councils to submit revised proposals for unitary structures on the basis of administrative areas with boundaries which exceed existing district council boundaries.
(146454)
46
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make it her policy not to invite new proposals for unitary status for at least two years after the completion of the review exercise.
(146462)
47
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether clients of property location agents will be required to put a home information pack in place; and if she will make a statement.
(146663)
48
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what total costs have been incurred by Firebuy since its launch as the procurement arm of the Fire and Rescue Service in November 2005 in (a) salaries for its full-time staff, (b) expenses for its non-executive Chair and Board of Directors and (c) on work on the Integrated Clothing Project.
(146695)
49
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the preferred bidder proposals for Firebuy's first 15-year Integrated Clothing Project contract; what steps she is taking to ensure continuous best value for the Fire and Rescue Service from that contract; and if she will make a statement.
(146696)
50
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many qualified home improvement pack inspectors there are, broken down by region; how many qualified inspectors she expects there to be on 1st August; and how many inspectors will be needed to inspect homes with (a) four or more bedrooms and (b) three or more bedrooms on 1st August.
(146697)
51
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new homes were built on flood plains in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(146698)
52
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many assessors are (a) qualified and (b) in training to give code ratings under the Code for Sustainable Homes; how many assessors are needed to carry out voluntary assessments; how many will be needed to carry out mandatory assessments when the Code becomes mandatory in 2008; and if she will make a statement.
(146700)
53
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the total back pay liability for all expected years is for each local authority that has applied for a capitalisation direction in respect of equal pay; and how much each authority is seeking to have capitalised.
(146750)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
54
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) funded organisations and (b) project to project grants will be affected by the reduction in Arts Council England forecast funding.
(146314)
55
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which sites have been identified in London to manage (a) building waste from and (b) refuse arising from or created as a consequence of the 2012 Olympic Games; and if she will make a statement.
(146752)
56
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether her Department consulted Ministers at HM Treasury before approving the logo for the 2012 Olympics.
(146535)
57
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games, whether the cost review had reached its conclusions by 25th April 2006.
(146539)
58
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games, if she will place in the Library copies of the (a) agenda and (b) minutes of each meeting of the cost review group on the dates listed.
(146540)
59
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games, in what form the ongoing advice provided by KPMG on the cost of the Olympics was received.
(146541)
60
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games, on what date KPMG stopped providing ongoing advice on the cost of the Olympics.
(146542)
61
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games, which other Ministers attended meetings of the cost review group chaired by the Minister for Sport; and which meetings each Minister attended.
(146543)
62
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2007, Official Report, column 1179W, on the Olympic Games, what output the cost review group produced.
(146544)
63
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2007, Official Report, column 1178W, on the Olympic Games, at which of the meetings (a) powerpoint and (b) oral presentations were given by KPMG on their work.
(146751)
64
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps have been taken to facilitate the introduction of cricket into the wider state school sports education curriculum.
(146670)
65
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at her Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
(146422)
66
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the British Tourist Board on increasing the number of pet-friendly (a) hotels, (b) bed and breakfast, (c) holiday parks and (d) holiday resorts.
(146471)
67
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the impact on the standards and accessibility of museums and libraries of changes to local government structure.
(146461)
68
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment she has made of the effects of the implementation of the Gambling Act 2005 on the bingo industry; and if she will make a statement.
(146560)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
69
Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements are to be put in place to monitor the health status, including DNA and gene damage, of serving and former servicemen and servicewomen potentially exposed to ionizing and depleted uranium; and if he will make a statement.
(146598)
70
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many travel warrants were provided from Abbey Wood to Chippenham in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(146518)
71
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will list his Department's (a) executive agencies, (b) executive non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs), (c) tribunal NDPBs, (d) advisory NDPBs, (e) trading funds and (f) public corporations for the current financial year.
(146776)
72
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to restrict the disclosure of information about the future deployment into combat zones of armed forces personnel.
(146390)
73
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Gibraltar Services Police Staff Association will be consulted in connection with the review of the Gibraltar Services Police.
(146673)
74
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at the Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
(146498)
75
N
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the aim of keeping the intellectual property rights and the design authority of the Future Rapid Effect System within the UK is compatible with the boxer vehicle design proposed by Artec and managed by OCCAR.
(146081)
76
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the present strength is of the Army Volunteer Reserve.
(146763)
77
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the 1st April 2007 data will be available under heading TSP07 Strength of all Services Reserves and Cadets on the Defence Analytical Service Agency website.
(146764)
78
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the level of recruiting has been to the Territorial Army for Other Ranks for the last 12 months for which figures are available; and how many of these recruits passed their Phase 1 and 2.
(146765)
79
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of the strength of the various sections of the Territorial Army have seen active deployment, broken down by (a) officers and (b) other ranks.
(146766)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
80
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how much his Department has spent on public relations consultants since its establishment; and if he will make a statement.
(146074)
81
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working in his Department and its predecessors in each year between 1997 and 2006; and at what total cost.
(146587)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
82
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many children who moved from primary school to secondary school attained an average of Level 4 or below at Key Stage 2 in each year since 1997.
(146122)
83
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 13th June 2007, Official Report, column 1158W, on primary education: drugs, what estimate he has made of the percentage of children at (a) Key Stage 1 and (b) Key Stage 2 who are receiving drugs education, as set out in the guidance; and what assessment he has made of the impact of this guidance in teaching young children to resist pressure to take drugs.
(146545)
84
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 13th June 2007, Official Report, column 1158W, on primary education: drugs, on what date his Department started work on the new drugs strategy on which he plans to consult.
(146546)
85
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 13th June 2007, Official Report, column 1158W, on primary education: drugs, what guidance existed on this subject prior to 2004.
(146547)
86
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to tackle bullying in schools.
(146395)
87
N
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) physics, (b) chemistry, (c) biology and (d) biochemistry graduates began teacher training in each of the last 10 years, broken down by class of degree.
(146126)
88
N
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many biological sciences graduates who had an A in biology A level began teacher training in each of the last 10 years, broken down by class of degree.
(146127)
89
N
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many chemistry graduates who had an A at chemistry A level began teacher training in each of the last 10 years, broken down by class of degree.
(146128)
90
N
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of the additional student numbers (a) applied for and (b) awarded were for (i) foundation degrees and (ii) honours degrees, broken down by institution in each of the last five years.
(146129)
91
N
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many physics graduates who had gained an A level at physics A level began teacher training in each of the last 10 years, broken down by class of degree.
(146132)
92
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students have brought complaints to the Office of the Independent Adjudicator in each month since it was established; and if he will make a statement.
(146398)
93
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of pupils from (a) independent, (b) maintained and (c) grammar schools received a grade A in three or more of mathematics, further mathematics, physics, chemistry, French, German and Spanish A-levels in the latest year for which figures are available.
(146399)
94
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of pupils from (a) independent, (b) maintained and (c) grammar schools received a grade A in one or more of mathematics, further mathematics, physics, chemistry, French, German and Spanish A-levels in the latest year for which figures are available.
(146407)
95
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of pupils from (a) low-participation neighbourhoods and (b) socioeconomic classes 4-7 (i) applied and (ii) were accepted to (A) Oxbridge, (B) Russell Group and (C) other universities for (1) physics, (2) chemistry, (3) biochemistry, (4) psychology, (5) sports science, (6) biological sciences excluding biochemistry and (7) all other science subjects in each of the last five years to which figures are available.
(146408)
96
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what proportion of those qualifying with foundation degrees were employed by local authorities in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by local authority area.
(146409)
97
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of students who completed foundation degrees went on to employment in (a) schools, (b) hospitals, (c) the police or armed forces and (d) the public sector in the last five years for which figures are available.
(146410)
98
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what average number of contact hours students received per week in (a) Russell Group, (b) pre-1992 and (c) post-1992 universities with (i) fewer than five, (ii) fewer than 10, (iii) fewer than 15, (iv) fewer than 30 and (v) 30 or more students per academic year in the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by subject.
(146411)
99
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the student to lecturer ratio is in (a) Russell Group, (b) pre-1992 and (c) post-1992 universities, broken down by subject.
(146412)
100
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number and percentage of undergraduate students who were in part-time work in the (a) first year, (b) second year, (c) third year and (d) fourth year of their degrees, broken down by (i) socioeconomic group and (ii) number of hours worked per week.
(146413)
101
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what proportion of the Higher Education Funding Council for England's annual budget was spent on Higher National Diplomas in each year since the introduction of that qualification; and how much of that budget was spent on (a) course design, (b) teaching and (c) other activities.
(146414)
102
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what the total cost to the public purse was of (a) foundation degrees, (b) Higher National Diplomas and (c) Higher National Certificates in each year since their introduction.
(146415)
103
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) girls and (b) boys were accepted to study (i) physics, (ii) chemistry, (iii) biochemistry, (iv) psychology and (v) sports science at (A) Oxbridge, (B) a Russell Group university and (C) other universities from (1) comprehensive schools, (2) further or higher education institutions, (3) grammar schools, (4) independent schools, (5) sixth form centres, (6) sixth form colleges and (7) other institutions in each of the last five years.
(146416)
104
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) girls and (b) boys applied to study (i) physics, (ii) chemistry, (iii) biochemistry, (iv) psychology and (v) sports science at (A) Oxbridge, (B) a Russell Group university and (C) other universities from (1) comprehensive schools, (2) further or higher education institutions, (3) grammar schools, (4) independent schools, (5) sixth form centres, (6) sixth form colleges and (7) other institutions in each of the last five years.
(146417)
105
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many and what percentage of pupils in receipt of disabled students' allowance from (a) all schools, (b) maintained schools, (c) low-participation neighbourhoods and (d) socio-economic classes 4 to 7 who (i) applied and (ii) were accepted to (A) Oxbridge, (B) Russell Group universities and (C) other universities in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(146429)
106
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many students (a) enrolled for and (b) were awarded higher national certificates in each of the last 10 years.
(146491)
107
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been spent per pupil in Warrington in each year since 1997.
(146259)
108
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants were employed in Warrington (i) in 1997 and (ii) at the last date for which figures are available, broken down into primary and secondary schools.
(146260)
109
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how much has been allocated to Warrington for capital expenditure in each year since 1997.
(146261)
110
N
Jane Kennedy (Liverpool, Wavertree):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of a boycott of Israeli universities and academics by British universities, colleges and academics, as proposed by the Universities and Colleges Union, upon Jewish students studying in Britain.
(146236)
111
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps are being taken to prevent bullying amongst young people with learning difficulties.
(146387)
112
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps are being taken to improve reading skills amongst teenage boys.
(146493)
113
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he is taking to tackle the incidence of school populations dominated by one ethnic type in English schools; and if he will make a statement.
(146736)
114
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what capital expenditure has been allocated to (a) secondary schools and (b) primary schools in each local authority area in England in each of the last five years for which information is available.
(146685)
115
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what steps he plans to take to encourage schools to (a) record all incidents of bullying and (b) report the statistics to their local authority.
(146512)
116
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what progress is being made on the recommendation of Third Report of Session 2006-07 of the Education and Skills Committee, on Bullying, HC 85, on developing a system for collecting and recording incidents of bullying in schools.
(146513)
117
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, if his Department will commission a study of the long-term effects of bullying on those subject to it in schools.
(146514)
118
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what indicators his Department plans to use to measure progress in tackling prejudice-driven bullying related to special educational needs and disabilities.
(146519)
119
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the non statutory requirement upon schools to report incidents of bullying on the quality of the collected results.
(146520)
120
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
(146426)
121
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the likely impact of structural changes to local government on education.
(146458)
122
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the possible impact on child protection and vulnerable groups of children and young people of potential structural changes to local government.
(146459)
123
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what assessment he has made of the likely impact of the bids of local authorities shortlisted for unitary status on education provision in those areas.
(146473)
124
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the local authorities seeking unitary status which appeared on the shortlist published by the Department for Communities and Local Government on 27th March 2006.
(146476)
125
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, how many (a) primary and (b) secondary school teaching posts were removed by each local education authority area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(146664)
126
Jeremy Wright (Rugby & Kenilworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what mechanisms are in place to regulate or assess the quality of commercial guardianship services provided by UK organisations to overseas pupils at UK schools; how often such mechanisms are reviewed; and when the last such occasion was.
(146494)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
127
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what public funding his Department has made available in each of the last 10 years to (a) the Natural Environment Research Council and (b) other bodies for the purposes of conducting agricultural biotechnology research.
(146078)
128
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which research projects his Department has conducted on agricultural biotechnology in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost was of each.
(146231)
129
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will provide funding for the workshop on wildlife trade on the internet to be established following the fourteenth meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species.
(146497)
130
Tony Baldry (Banbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what date water companies will be obliged to adopt private sewers.
(146470)
131
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of people in Sheffield whose homes were flooded in June 2007 who were registered with Flood Warnings Direct; at what time and at what stage in the flooding the Flood Warnings Direct warnings went out to those registered; and what steps his Department is taking to encourage people in Sheffield to register with Flood Warnings Direct.
(146614)
132
Mr Nick Clegg (Sheffield, Hallam):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how health and safety advice is being disseminated to those whose homes have recently been flooded and who wish to re-enter and restore their properties.
(146615)
133
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has commissioned research into the impact of MRSA on pigs following recent cases in the Netherlands.
(146618)
134
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timescale is for the next stage of work of the bovine TB Vaccine Programme Advisory Group.
(146620)
135
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how the packaging recovery note system is monitored.
(145803)
136
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason the packaging recovery note system is only applicable to companies that exceed an annual turnover of £2 million and whose packaging handling exceeds 50 tonnes per year.
(145804)
137
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department monitors how VALPAK uses its licence fee income from the use of the Green Dot trademark.
(145805)
138
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons the decision was taken to authorise VALPAK to charge a licence fee for the use of the Green Dot trademark.
(145806)
139
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how his Department monitors the use of the Green Dot trademark to ensure that products bearing the trademark uphold the environmental obligations associated with the logo.
(145807)
140
Ms Diana R. Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the flood protection and water drainage infrastructure serving Kingston upon Hull and the surrounding area following the flooding that took place on Monday 25th June.
(146591)
141
Ms Diana R. Johnson (Kingston upon Hull North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the planned levels of spending on the flood protection and water drainage infrastructure serving Kingston upon Hull will be re-examined to meet the effects of climate change.
(146592)
142
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
(146418)
143
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the revised life cycle assessment (LCA) for disposable and reusable nappies in the UK will be published; and what plans his Department has for publicising the revised LCA on nappies.
(146504)
144
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department will be taking to reduce the amount of household waste not re-used, recycled or composted by 29 per cent. by 2010 as set out in the Revised Waste Strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(146505)
145
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential contribution of reusable nappies to reductions in landfill material.
(146506)
146
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of (a) the length of time required for a disposable nappy to fully decompose in landfill and (b) the number of tonnes of (i) carbon dioxide, (ii) methane and (iii) other greenhouse gases which are emitted by landfill disposable nappies in each (A) first 10 years after disposal and (B) subsequent decade until total decomposition.
(146507)
147
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the annual volume of disposable nappies going to landfill in each of the last five years.
(146552)
148
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Department for Education and Skills on introducing animal welfare education classes to schools.
(146583)
149
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to bring forward legislation to ban the use of electric shock collars for dogs.
(146584)
150
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the greyhound industry on the welfare of retired racing greyhounds.
(146635)
151
N
Dan Rogerson (North Cornwall):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether bovine tuberculosis can be carried from farm to farm by people and animals walking across the land, with reference to the report of the Independent Scientific Group on Bovine Tuberculosis.
(146310)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
152
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of the political situation in Cuba.
(145771)
153
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made to President Museveni of Uganda following the President's statement that the UK was responsible for Zimbabwe's economic and social problems.
(146595)
154
Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what arrangements are in place to ensure that UK resident citizens detained at Guantanamo Bay receive regular health checks; and if she will make a statement.
(146596)
155
Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations she has made to the US authorities on securing independent investigations into the allegations of torture and ill-treatment of UK citizens while detained at Guantanamo Bay; and if she will make a statement.
(146597)
156
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 211W, on Palestinian arms trade, if she will list the items provided by the UK to Palestinian Authority forces for close protection.
(146680)
157
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations she has made to the government of Vietnam on the persecution of Christians in that country, with particular reference to (a) Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan, (b) Father Thaddeus Nguyen Van Ly and (c) the Hmong people; and if she will make a statement.
(146501)
158
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations were received by her Department about the Al Yamamah military contract in the three months prior to the announcement that the Serious Fraud Office would end its investigation into the contract.
(146761)
159
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment she has made of whether the Joint African Union - United Nations peacekeeping force in Sudan will be under overall United Nations control.
(146610)
160
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what her assessment is of the likely timetable for the full deployment of the Joint African Union-United Nations peacekeeping force to Sudan; and if she will make a statement on the decisions reached at the enlarged Contact Group meeting in Paris.
(146623)
161
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions she has had with other members of the Government on the proposal for a Darfur Oil Trust Fund.
(146624)
162
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will place in the Library a copy of the proposed mandate for the Joint African Union-United Nations deployment to Darfur.
(146625)
163
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working in her Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2001-02; and at what total cost.
(146589)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
164
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding her Department made available to (a) the Food Standards Agency and (b) other bodies for the purposes of conducting agricultural biotechnology research in each of the last 10 years.
(146235)
165
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th March 2007, Official Report, column 863W, on consultant midwives, how many consultant midwives there were in the NHS in England in 2006, broken down by strategic health authority.
(146228)
166
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of progress on the Government's target to reduce waiting times for audiology assessments to six weeks by March 2008.
(146749)
167
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she will take in response to the publication of Facing the Future, a review of the role of health visitors.
(146282)
168
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwives were employed by the Mid-Essex Hospital Trust in each of the last 10 years.
(145965)
169
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans she has to improve standards of nutrition and hydration of residents in care homes.
(146676)
170
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what factors were taken into account in deciding not to proceed with the review of the national minimum standards for care homes.
(146677)
171
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to what extent the rate of ageing of a population is taken into account when calculating adult social care budgets; and what proportion of (a) over 65 and (b) over 85 years olds must be present in a population for a local authority to receive additional funding.
(146014)
172
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average intervals are between routine screening appointments for breast cancer in Portsmouth.
(146495)
173
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women in Portsmouth (a) did not accept an invitation to routine breast screening, (b) did not attend appointments made, (c) were diagnosed with breast cancer and (d) died from breast cancer in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(146496)
174
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what account she has taken of trends in the demographics of Portsmouth in the operation of the NHS Breast Screening programme there.
(146502)
175
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women in Portsmouth were invited for breast screening on a routine basis in 2006-07; how many such invitations she expects to be issued in (a) five and (b) 10 years; and if she will make a statement.
(146503)
176
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information her Department provided to HM Treasury on the Medical Training Application Service prior to its introduction.
(146406)
177
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th June 2007 to the hon. Member for Rayleigh, Official Report, columns 1006-07W, on pharmacy, how many pharmacies (a) are registered as prescribers and (b) offer primary care trust-commissioned blood pressure checks.
(146490)
178
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will place in the Library a copy of the final submission setting out her Department's financial needs for the period covered by the 2002 Spending Review that her Department made to HM Treasury as part of the Spending Review process before a final settlement was agreed.
(146529)
179
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, over what time period the funding package announced in the Written Ministerial Statement of 21st February 2007, Official Report, column 49WS, on the New Deal for Carers will be spent; and how much has been spent.
(146530)
180
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance her Department has issued to staff on procedures for working with (a) HM Treasury; and (b) HM Treasury's Health Spending Team.
(146531)
181
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date she expects the national helpline for carers to be established.
(146532)
182
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's delegated expenditure limit above which expenditure must be approved by HM Treasury was in each year since 1993 for which figures are available.
(146533)
183
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her Department's budget was for each year (a) before and (b) after reprofiling, broken down into capital, near-cash and non-cash.
(146534)
184
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2007, to the hon. Member for Rayleigh, Official Report, column 1314W, on NHS: consultants, what the names were of the working groups and reference groups set up during the negotiation and implementation of the consultant contract.
(146536)
185
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June 2007, Official Report, column 1899W, on Departments: Public Expenditure, what the delegated limits are for the schemes and transactions under each category of expenditure.
(146537)
186
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June 2007, Official Report, column 1899W, on Departments: Public Expenditure, for which private finance initiative schemes her Department had to gain HM Treasury's approval in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2005-06 and (c) 2004-05.
(146538)
187
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2007 to the hon. Member for Rayleigh, Official Report, column 1313W, on NHS: consultants, which of her Department's Ministers were involved in these discussions.
(146549)
188
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps her Department is taking to encourage the participation of more (a) hospitals and (b) patients in stroke research studies.
(146076)
189
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans her Department has to help raise awareness of the increased risk factors for stroke in people from (a) African Caribbean and (b) South Asian communities.
(146077)
190
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether she plans to issue guidance on abdominal aortic aneurysm screening; and if she will make a statement.
(146668)
191
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps she is taking to ensure that mortality rates for abdominal aortic aneurysm operations are reduced prior to the introduction of a national screening programme; and if she will make a statement.
(146674)
192
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the mortality rate is in each strategic health authority in England for elective abdominal aortic aneurysm operations; and if she will make a statement.
(146675)
193
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual expenditure per capita was on cancer drugs in each of the last 10 years; and what benchmarking analysis she has undertaken of expenditure on cancer drugs in other EU countries.
(146759)
194
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which cancer drugs have been referred to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for appraisal; what the date of (a) referral and (b) where applicable, the decision was of each; which drugs were (i) approved and (ii) not approved; and which type of cancer each drug treated.
(146760)
195
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what public consultation (a) her Department has undertaken and (b) her Department requires regional ambulance services to undertake in their restructuring process.
(146510)
196
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if she will make a statement on the impact of proposed changes to neonatal care at Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on babies born under 27 weeks' gestation currently cared for at the hospital.
(146511)
197
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) original budgeted figures and (b) actual budget figures were for Shropshire Primary Care Trust in 2006-07.
(146522)
198
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact on service provision by health trusts of the clawing back of funding.
(146523)
199
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many additional nursing posts were created in the neonatal units at (a) Stoke, (b) Wolverhampton and (c) Shrewsbury hospitals in (i) 2005, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2007.
(146563)
200
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses were employed in the neonatal units at (a) Stoke, (b) Wolverhampton and (c) Shrewsbury hospitals in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006; and how many are now employed.
(146564)
201
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there are for increasing the number of neonatal nurses at (a) Stoke, (b) Wolverhampton and (c) Shrewsbury hospitals over the next two years.
(146565)
202
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the public purse has been arising from legal action in relation to the medical training application service, broken down by main budget heading.
(145997)
203
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) average, (b) highest and (c) lowest (i) redundancy payments to those made redundant and (ii) early retirement packages for those taking them from the NHS were in the last 12 months.
(146323)
204
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people over the age of 55 years she expects to give up smoking as a result of the public smoking ban.
(146453)
205
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the likely impact of implementing district unitary authorities on the operation of primary care trusts.
(146457)
206
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what her policy is on co-terminosity of boundaries between primary care trusts and local government structures.
(146460)
207
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment she has made of the impact of the bids of local authorities shortlisted for unitary status on health provision in those areas.
(146463)
208
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the local authorities seeking unitary status which appeared on the shortlist published by the Department for Communities and Local Government on 27th March 2006.
(146475)
209
Ian Stewart (Eccles):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) deaths and (b) other adverse reactions to vaccines were reported in each of the last 30 years; and whether there were any deaths in each year from 1964 to 2007 attributed to vaccination.
(146430)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
210
Hugh Bayley (City of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) crimes were reported to the police, (b) police officers were deployed and (c) police support staff were deployed in each of the police areas in North Yorkshire in 2006.
(146757)
211
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate he has made of the incidence of (a) cheque and (b) plastic card fraud.
(146767)
212
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Attorney General on the reporting of cheque and plastic card fraud.
(146768)
213
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry on cheque and plastic card fraud.
(146769)
214
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the Financial Services Authority on cheque and plastic card fraud.
(146770)
215
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what requirements or obligations banks and credit institutions are subject to to ensure that complaints of cheque and plastic card fraud reported to them are provided to the police for investigation.
(146771)
216
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will conduct an assessment of the effectiveness of new arrangements for reporting cheque and plastic card fraud.
(146772)
217
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps he has taken to ensure that victims of cheque and plastic card fraud know to whom to report these crimes.
(146773)
218
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance he has given to police forces on the handling and recording of reports of cheque and plastic card fraud by members of the public.
(146774)
219
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued in the criminal justice system area most closely corresponding to Chelmsford in each year since the scheme commenced.
(145964)
220
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelan activists in (a) London and (b) the UK.
(146130)
221
N
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will make a statement on recent arrests of the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelan activists under counter terrorism legislation.
(146131)
222
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29th January 2007, Official Report, column 144W, on war criminals, whether the police have contacted Vladimir Aleksandrovich Titov (State Counsel of Justice, 2nd Class, Chief of Administration of Surveillance for the Implementation of Laws concerning Federal Security) at the Office of the Procurator General of the Russian Federation, 2nd Tekhnicheskii Pereulok, Moscow, 103793, Russian Federation; and if he will make a statement.
(146666)
223
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29th January 2007, Official Report, column 144W, on war criminals, why bilateral discussions have not taken place with Leitender Oberstaatsanwalt Kurt Schrimm (Director), Zentrale Stelle der Landesjustizverwaltungen zur Aufklärung von NS-Verbrechen, Schorndorfer Str. 58, 71638 Ludwigsburg (Federal Republic of Germany).
(146669)
224
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29th January 2007, Official Report, column 146W, on war criminals, whether progress has been made with the request for information about the withdrawal of German pensions from residents following the German War Victims Relief Act from Herrn Dr Eckhard Assman, Bundesministerium für Arbeit und Soziales.
(146681)
225
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what resources have been allocated to police forces for traffic policing to meet the Government's road casualty reduction targets.
(146124)
226
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the Government's Safety Camera initiative on the numbers of police officers employed on speed enforcement duties in those areas where it has been implemented; and if he will make a statement.
(146125)
227
N
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment he has made of the accuracy of information provided by the Motor Insurers' Bureau Police Helpline.
(146233)
228
N
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many motorists in (a) the area of North Wales Police and (b) England and Wales were wrongly identified as driving whilst uninsured as a result of information obtained from the Motor Insurers' Bureau Police Helpline in the last year for which figures are available.
(146234)
229
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of failed asylum seekers and their dependants removed to their country of origin under the Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) scheme in 2006 were given help with reintegration through the provision of training, education or help starting a small business; what the average cost per person was of return under the AVR programme in 2006; and what criteria are used under the AVR programme in the selection of recipients for help with reintegration in their country of origin through the provision of training, education or help starting a small business.
(146762)
230
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June 2007 to Question 144097, on work permits, how many work permits in total were issued in each year since 2000 for overseas nationals from (a) Africa, (b) Asia, (c) South America and (d) the Caribbean.
(146240)
231
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police authorities in England and Wales have a mounted police section.
(146682)
232
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the annual cost was in the last three years of each mounted police section.
(146683)
233
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what funding was made available by his Department for neighbourhood policing initiatives in Blackpool in (a) 1997, (b) 2005 and (c) 2007.
(146515)
234
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what anti-social behaviour initiatives his Department has funded in Blackpool since 1997.
(146516)
235
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans his Department has to provide further funding to Blackpool as part of the town's award of Respect Area status.
(146517)
236
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
(146421)
237
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether fast track immigration controls apply to individuals travelling by helicopters and private aircraft.
(146582)
238
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of the creation of new unitary councils on co-terminosity of police basic command units and local authority boundaries.
(146455)
239
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what his policy is on the co-terminosity of boundaries between police forces and local government structures.
(146456)
240
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the impact of the bids of local authorities shortlisted for unitary status on policing in those areas.
(146464)
241
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he had with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government on the local authorities seeking unitary status which appeared on the shortlist published by the Department for Communities and Local Government on 27th March 2006.
(146474)
242
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June 2007, Official Report, column 1958W, on the Fullbright Fellowship in Police Studies scheme, what further steps he is taking to promote and enhance the skills of police officers and police staff in co-operation with other countries.
(146487)
243
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June 2007, Official Report, column 1958W, on the Fullbright Fellowship in Police Studies scheme, when he expects the National Policing Improvements Agency to ensure that a mechanism is put in place to assess the effectiveness of the scheme for both police officers and police staff.
(146488)
244
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will consider the merits of his Department compiling and publishing statistics on police complaints in conjunction with the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
(146575)
245
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if he will take steps to encourage police officers to join police sports teams in order to enhance physical fitness levels; how many police forces currently have sports teams; and if he will make a statement.
(146576)
246
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has held on the implementation of tetra based trunk radio, with particular reference to the Airwave system; and if he will make a statement.
(146577)
247
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police authorities are equipped with Hydra suites for the training of police officers; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of police Hydra suites; what plans he has to encourage police authorities to build more Hydra suites; and if he will make a statement.
(146578)
248
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions he has had on Crimestoppers; and what steps he is taking to promote and increase awareness of the service.
(146579)
249
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were arrested in each of the last five years as a result of information supplied to Crimestoppers.
(146580)
250
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions he has had with the chief constables of (a) the Metropolitan Police, (b) Greater Manchester Police, (c) North Yorkshire Police, (d) South Yorkshire Police, (e) West Yorkshire Police and (f) West Midlands Police on the purchasing of the EH20 Escape Hood; and if he will make a statement.
(146581)
251
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what risk assessment he has commissioned on the health and safety of police officers during a (a) chemical, (b) biological, (c) radiological and (d) nuclear incident.
(146627)
252
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the EH20 Escape Hood, with particular reference to its use in a (a) chemical, (b) biological, (c) radiological and (d) nuclear incident; and if he will make a statement.
(146637)
253
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of the EH20 Escape Hood; and if he will make a statement.
(146638)
254
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what response he has made to the Police Federation's recommendation that EH20 Escape Hoods should be provided to every police officer.
(146639)
255
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance the Association of Chief Police Officers has issued to police forces on the EH20 Escape Hood and its use during times of heightened national security.
(146640)
256
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors were taken into account in the decision to downgrade the EH20 Escape Hood from the list of personal protective equipment issued to all police officers.
(146641)
257
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police authorities have issued their police officers with EH20 Escape Hoods; and if he will make a statement.
(146642)
258
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June 2007, Official Report, column 1967W, on police health, when he expects the Police Advisory Board for England and Wales working group to publish its findings on national fitness standards for police officers.
(146692)
259
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 18th June 2007, Official Report, column 1514W, on police: complaints, if he will make a statement on his meeting with the Independent Police Complaints Commission in March 2007, with particular reference to complaints statistics; and if he will place the minutes of the meeting in the Library.
(146693)
260
Mr Tom Watson (West Bromwich East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2007, Official Report, column 1236W, on the National Policing Improvement Agency, when he expects the Chief Executive of the National Policing Improvement Agency to produce his first report on performance and issues facing the agency; how many times the Chief Executive will produce such reports per year; and whether each report will be published.
(146694)
261
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) injured and (b) killed due to the firing of a stun gun by the police since April 2003; and during what type of operations.
(146553)
262
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions taser stun guns have been used by each police force since April 2003; and in what type of operation they were used.
(146559)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
263
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what plans his Department has for the provision of aid to the people of Gaza.
(145768)
264
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent progress has been made in meeting the Millennium Goals.
(145769)
265
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much financial assistance has been provided to support Palestine in each year since 1995.
(145770)
266
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent (a) estimate has been made of the number and (b) assessment has been made of the humanitarian needs of Palestinian refugees on the Iraq-Syrian border; and what support the UK has offered.
(146667)
267
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what criteria are used to determine whether a country is a heavily indebted poor country.
(146684)
268
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
(146425)
Questions to the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice
269
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, how many prisoners are resident in Chelmsford Prison.
(145966)
270
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, what assessment she has made of the measures put in place by Barnet Council to ensure the electoral register for Grahame Park, Colindale is properly compiled; and if she will make a statement.
(146786)
271
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, how many foreign national prisoners were imprisoned at the latest available date, broken down by (a) European Union nationals, (b) non-European Union nationals and (c) other nationals; and what percentage of all prisoners are foreign nationals.
(146123)
272
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, how many (a) deaths from natural causes, (b) deaths from accidents and (c) self-inflicted deaths have occurred in (i) prisons, (ii) young offender institutions and (iii) secure training centres in England and Wales since 1st January 2006.
(146449)
273
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, which (a) redundant military camps or other Ministry of Defence facilities, (b) ships or other floating vessels and (c) former secure hospitals were considered and rejected for use as prisons or secure accommodation in each of the last five years; and in each case what the reasons were for their rejection for such use.
(146450)
274
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, when HMPS Weare was sold; to whom she was sold and at what price; what the original cost was of (a) acquiring and (b) refitting her for use as a prison was; what her annual running costs as a prison ship were for each year she was so used; and how many inmates she was designed to hold.
(146524)
275
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 21st June 2007, Official Report, columns 2132-4W, on probation: manpower, if he will estimate how many vacancies not classified as active vacancies there were for (a) probation officers and (b) probation service officers (i) nationally and (ii) in each probation area in England and Wales for each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(146590)
276
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19th June 2007, Official Report, column 1727W, on prisoners: transport, what steps she is taking to ensure that prisoners are not detained in prisoner transport vehicles when awaiting or following court hearings.
(146594)
277
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, what steps she is taking to ensure that information about a defendant's status as a persistent and prolific offender is disclosable to the court prior to sentencing.
(146391)
278
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, what procedures have been put in place to undertake risk assessments in respect of those prisoners released early from HMP Peterborough and the likelihood of their reoffending; and if she will make a statement.
(146322)
279
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, how many requests for information under freedom of information legislation have been awaiting a decision by the Information Commissioner's Office for more than 118 days, as referred to in the Answer of 12th October 2006, Official Report, column 807W, on the Information Commissioner; and whether any request concluded since 10th October 2006 has taken longer than 597 days for a decision to be reached.
(146775)
280
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, how many convicted prisoners have been detained in (a) police and (b) court cells in (i) Wrexham and (ii) Wales in each of the last 12 months.
(146687)
281
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at her Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
(146424)
Questions to the Leader of the House
282
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Leader of the House, what assessment he has made of the merits of holding additional Westminster Hall sittings on Mondays.
(146404)
283
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Leader of the House, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working in his Office in each year between 1997 and 2006; and at what total cost.
(146586)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
284
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps he has taken to raise the level of autism awareness amongst the (a) Northern Ireland Prison Service, (b) Police Service of Northern Ireland, (c) Juvenile Justice Centre and (d) Public Prosecution Service staff.
(146735)
285
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether he has assessed the partnership between Dyfed Powys Police, North Wales Police and Autism Cymru to develop an assessment of the needs of people with autistic spectrum disorders; and if he will introduce a similar scheme in Northern Ireland.
(146741)
286
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
(146423)
Questions to the Prime Minister
287
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Prime Minister, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working in his Office in each year between 1997 and 2006; and at what total cost.
(146588)
288
Kitty Ussher (Burnley):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to publish details of nominations for honours and how they are vetted.
(146758)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
289
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what representations he has made to the First Minister of Scotland on the retention of DNA samples of suspected criminals; and if he will make a statement.
(146238)
290
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many Scottish people of 18 years and under have their DNA details retained on a national database.
(146239)
291
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at the Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
(146500)
Questions to the Solicitor General
292
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Solicitor General, what guidance his Department has issued to the Crown Prosecution Service on procedures for the reinstatement of trials which have been aborted due to technical error.
(146229)
293
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Solicitor General, who the 10 highest paid barristers were in respect of fees paid by (a) his Department and (b) the Crown Prosecution Service in each of the last three years; what the fee income concerned was in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(146611)
294
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Solicitor General, when he expects to reply to Question (a) 116901 on Nazi war criminals and Question (b) 116909 on Second World War crimes tabled by the hon. Member for Hendon on 16th January.
(146626)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
295
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, which research projects his Department has conducted on agricultural biotechnology in each of the last 10 years; and what the cost was in each case.
(146079)
296
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what funding his Department made available to (a) the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, (b) the Natural Environment Research Council, (c) the Economic and Social Research Council and (d) other bodies for the purposes of conducting agricultural biotechnology research in each of the last 10 years.
(146230)
297
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what recent discussions he has had (a) with ministerial colleagues and (b) at the European level on (i) the timetable for liberalisation of postal services across the European Union and (ii) the effect of liberalisation on the future of the Royal Mail.
(146679)
298
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at the Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006 ; and what the total cost was of those bonuses.
(146492)
299
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many directors of phoenix companies were disqualified in each year from 2005; and how many of these disqualifications involved directors not undertaking to act as a director voluntarily.
(146311)
300
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many calls have been received on phoenix companies by the enforcement hotline in each year since 2005; and how many of these calls were referred for investigation.
(146312)
301
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, how many directors of companies have been prosecuted for offences relating to phoenix operations.
(146313)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
302
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been allocated for the construction of the proposed Bexhill to Hastings link road; and if he will make a statement.
(146075)
303
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents on the subject of cycle helmets.
(144792)
304
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he is taking to promote the wearing of cycle helmets by (a) children, (b) teenagers and (c) the general population.
(144793)
305
N
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the percentage of cyclists in the UK who wear protective headgear; and if he will make a statement.
(144794)
306
N
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the objectives are for the second stage of the EU/US aviation negotiations; and what plans he has in the eventuality of no agreement being concluded by November 2010.
(146237)
307
N
Justine Greening (Putney):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which noise monitors in (a) Wandsworth, (b) South West London and (c) West London have provided data used in noise pollution modelling as part of the Project for the Sustainable Development of Heathrow; where those noise monitors were situated; and if he will make a statement.
(146303)
308
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if he will make available funding to help finance the construction of an eastern bypass for Kettering.
(146392)
309
N
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment he has made of the accuracy of the Motor Insurance Database.
(146232)
310
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
(146499)
311
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff are available to each of the Traffic Commissioners to monitor the reliability of bus services in each of the English regions.
(146262)
312
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what proportion of the bus fleet received an unannounced inspection allocated on a random basis by the Traffic Commissioners in each of the last five years.
(146263)
313
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who he has designated as responsible for the management of inquiries under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 from (a) hon. Members and (b) other sources.
(146264)
314
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many buses were inspected by VOSA officials in each of the last five years; and how many such buses were consequently subject to an (a) immediate and (b) delayed prohibition notice.
(146265)
315
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate he has made of the distribution of responsibility for delays to bus services between (a) congestion, (b) mechanical failures and (c) fleet management.
(146266)
316
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate he has made of the cost of introducing smartcard readers to the English bus fleet; and what discussions he has had with representatives of (a) small and (b) large bus operators on the schedule for implementing such a scheme.
(146466)
317
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many appeals lodged in 2006 by bus operators under the concessionary travel appeal system in England have been successful; how many appeals were lodged in 2006; how much was awarded to successful appeals lodged in 2006; how many appeals are outstanding from 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(146467)
318
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps he has taken to allocate the £212 million additional funding being made available to local authorities for the 2008 English National Concessionary Fares Scheme to local authorities according to the costs of each local authority scheme.
(146468)
319
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether free concessionary travel will be available to older and disabled passengers on open-top tourist buses registered as local bus services under the proposed national scheme.
(146469)
320
N
Peter Viggers (Gosport):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans there are for improvements in access to the Gosport peninsula.
(146284)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
321
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on waiting times for hospital treatment in England of patients from Wales.
(146402)
322
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the Home Secretary on action taken by the police to identify uninsured drivers in Wales.
(146554)
323
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department in each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
(146419)
324
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department of Work and Pensions on the level of assistance afforded to former Allied Steel and Wire workers under the Financial Assistance Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(146508)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
325
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what analysis has been undertaken of the impact on future means-tested benefit entitlement for people on low incomes who save through his Department's personal account pension initiative.
(146551)
326
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) England and (b) Milton Keynes claimed incapacity benefits in each year between 1995 and 2007.
(146672)
327
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what restrictions there are on the Child Support Agency accessing HM Revenue and Customs information about non-resident parents' (a) income, (b) employment status and (c) home address; and if he will make a statement.
(146432)
328
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his policy is on charging parents with care an upfront fee to use the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(146433)
329
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the Child Support Agency ceased its policy of charging a fee for use of its services in 1995; and if he will make a statement.
(146434)
330
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what amount of Child Support Agency arrears has been collected directly from non-resident parents' assets in each year since 1996-97; and if he will make a statement.
(146435)
331
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to exempt non-resident parents using the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission from paying fees if they have (a) standing orders or direct debit arrangements and (b) good levels of compliance; and if he will make a statement.
(146436)
332
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will publish his Department's research on the effects of (a) curfews and (b) naming and shaming on child maintenance compliance; and if he will make a statement.
(146437)
333
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of Child Support Agency applications are for cases where only one parent is named on the birth certificate; and if he will make a statement.
(146438)
334
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to allow parents with care to take legal action to enforce child maintenance where (a) maintenance and (b) arrears has not been secured within a set timescale; and if he will make a statement.
(146439)
335
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff were allocated a Child Support Agency enforcement worker in each quarter from 1997 to June 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(146440)
336
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the running costs of the Child Support Agency (CSA) were in each year from 1993-94 to 2006-07; what estimate he has made of the running costs of the CSA and its successor organisation in each year from 2007-08 to 2014-15; and if he will make a statement.
(146441)
337
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of children in families receiving child maintenance (a) before and (b) after the introduction of the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(146442)
338
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many non-resident parents being pursued by the Child Support Agency (a) have moved abroad and (b) are untraceable; and if he will make a statement.
(146443)
339
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to give the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission powers to pursue maintenance from non-resident parents who have moved abroad; and if he will make a statement.
(146444)
340
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the Child Support Agency compliance rates are in cases where the parent with care is on benefits with (a) a complete clawback of maintenance and (b) a £10 per week disregard of maintenance; and if he will make a statement.
(146445)
341
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much income support was recovered by the Child Support Agency in each year from 1993-94 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(146446)
342
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of parents with care who received any form of regular child maintenance from the non-resident parent in each year from 1990-91 to 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(146447)
343
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the net cost of the Child Support Agency in each year since 1993-94, including administrative costs and the effect of reduced benefit payments; and if he will make a statement.
(146448)
344
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons his Department plans to give the Child Maintenance Enforcement Commission the power to seek curfews; and if he will make a statement.
(146606)
345
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what analytical mechanism underlies the choice of the shares of gross income which will be applied to calculate the child maintenance amounts under the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(146607)
346
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what budget will be allocated to the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission to assist and enable parents who have broken up to establish private maintenance arrangements; and if he will make a statement.
(146609)
347
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to require the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission to apply to a court before (a) confiscating a driving licence and (b) removing a passport; what the reasons are for the proposed element of judicial involvement in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(146621)
348
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will provide his assessment of the Child Support Agency's performance against its performance targets in the 12 months to 31st May 2007.
(146622)
349
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many and what percentage of cases that were dealt with by the Child Support Agency in the last 12 months it was impossible to establish the identity of the non-resident parent due to failure to register parenthood jointly on the birth certificate; and if he will make a statement.
(146628)
350
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of compliance rates for Child Support Agency maintenance paid by (a) manual means, (b) direct debit, (c) standing order, (d) maintenance direct, (e) deduction of earnings order, (f) deduction from benefits and (g) other means in the last 12 months; what proportion of total maintenance was paid by each method in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(146629)
351
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the merits of collecting child maintenance directly from earnings as an addition to the pay as you earn system of taxation; and if he will make a statement.
(146630)
352
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of non-resident parents whose child maintenance payments will rise by more than (a) 10 per cent., (b) 20 per cent., (c) 30 per cent. and (d) 50 per cent. under the new arrangements for the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(146631)
353
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether he plans to place a legal duty on non-resident parents to report a change of income which is above the threshold for revised maintenance assessment as part of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission operations; and if he will make a statement.
(146632)
354
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it will be necessary, under the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, to carry out an annual income variation review for the majority of non-resident parents; and if he will make a statement.
(146633)
355
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has periodically to review the standard percentage rates of income for child maintenance under the New Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(146634)
356
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons the Government is delaying the increased child maintenance disregard to 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.
(146688)
357
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which providers will deliver support and advice to recently parted parents on making private arrangements for child maintenance; and if he will make a statement.
(146689)
358
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is his policy that under the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission, a person whose maintenance assessment is based on last year's HM Revenue and Customs income data will have an entitlement to recovery of a child maintenance overpayment if in-year income falls by up to but not in excess of 25 per cent.; and if he will make a statement.
(146690)
359
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of lone parents (a) in employment (b) out of employment are receiving child maintenance in the UK.
(146691)
360
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reasons he plans to allow enabling consent orders for child maintenance made by a court to be overridden by a Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission calculation after 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(146702)
361
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the capacity of the private and voluntary sectors to provide low cost and free advice to separating parents on child maintenance issues; and if he will make a statement.
(146703)
362
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimates he has made of the expected reduction in caseload under the new Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission; and what proportion of the reduced caseload is expected to be accounted for through (a) maintenance arrangements made privately, (b) maintenance arrangements through the courts and (c) no maintenance arrangements; and if he will make a statement.
(146704)
363
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the change to the use of the 0845 number for Jobcentre Plus on (a) Jobcentre Plus local offices and (b) their customers.
(146686)
364
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many bonuses were awarded to senior civil servants working at his Department and its agencies each year between 1997 and 2006; and what the total cost of those bonuses was.
(146428)
365
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disability living allowance claims have been made in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(146660)
366
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disability living allowance claims have been turned down in the last 12 months; how many of these have gone to appeal; how many cases have won their appeal; and if he will make a statement.
(146661)
367
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many disability living allowance awards in the last 12 months have been for (a) a fixed period and (b) an indefinite period; and if he will make a statement.
(146662)
368
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have been asked to attend a disability living allowance medical examination in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(146665)
369
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what means a woman whose husband reaches 65 years is advised of her right to claim a pension based on his contributions to replace the pension she is drawing based on her own contributions.
(146242)
370
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of jobs advertised through Jobcentre Plus referred the applicant to (a) an employment agency and (b) an employment business in the last month for which figures are available.
(146555)
371
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what criteria an employment agency or business must meet to have one of their positions advertised through Jobcentre Plus.
(146556)
372
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of the agencies and businesses advertising positions through Jobcentre Plus have signed the Diversity Matters pledge.
(146557)
373
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many job applicants have undertaken a 15 day work trial since the inception of the trial programme; and how many of these have resulted in the applicant taking the position.
(146558)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
374
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent estimate is of the number of 18 to 24 year olds not in education, employment or training in (a) the UK, (b) Northamptonshire and (c) Kettering constituency.
[Transferred] (146405)
375
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in (a) England and (b) Milton Keynes were classed as unemployed in each year between 1997 and 2007.
[Transferred] (146671)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
376
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what plans the Government has to increase the number of disadvantaged young women entering apprenticeships.
[Transferred] (146389)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
377
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Jockey Club on the design of racecourses and the reduction of the incidence of injuries to racehorses.
[Transferred] (146636)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
378
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if she will take steps to establish an international treaty to prohibit the sale of small arms.
[Transferred] (146613)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
379
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions she has had with Trading Standards representatives on the regulation of businesses which insert water and protein into meat.
[Transferred] (146619)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
380
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007 to question 144841, on Yarl's Wood Detention Centre, how the prices charged by the contractor are independently monitored to ensure there is no overcharging.
[Transferred] (146616)
381
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007 to question 144839, on Yarl's Wood Detention Centre, for what reasons women are held in confinement away from the main accommodation areas; for what periods of time; for what reasons satellite news broadcasts were not available on (a) 26th April to 4th May, (b) 9th to 10th May and (c) 22nd to 23rd May; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (146617)
Questions to the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice
382
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, what the maximum penalty is that the Information Commissioner can impose on a direct mailing company that is in breach of section 11 of the Data Protection Act 1998; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (146133)
383
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, how much was spent by the Information Commissioner on prosecuting direct mailers in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (146134)
384
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Minister of State, Ministry of Justice, what steps the Government is taking to help young female offenders get back into employment.
[Transferred] (146388)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry
385
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, what steps are being taken by the Government to tackle homophobic bullying in the workplace.
[Transferred] (146397)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
386
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions he has had with his opposite numbers in other EU states about the EU's consultation paper Towards a future maritime policy for the Union.
[Transferred] (146403)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
387
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps are being taken to help women from disadvantaged backgrounds enter jobs that will lift them out of poverty.
[Transferred] (146396)

 
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