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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 2 July 2007

Notes:
* Indicates a Question for Oral Answer.
+ Indicates a Question not included in the random selection process but accepted because the quota for that day had not been filled.
[N] Indicates a Question for Written Answer on a named day, i.e. the Member has indicated under S.O. No. 22(4) the day on which he wishes the Question to be answered.
[R] Indicates that a relevant interest has been declared.
 


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Monday 2 July 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 2 July 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 2 July of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Monday 2 July of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

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


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, for what reasons the Government has recommended the use of real time displays in its proposals for meeting the Energy Services Directive.
(146647)
2
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what consideration the Government has given to introducing smart meters with displays in May 2008 prior to the implementation of the Energy Services Directive.
(146648)
3
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how frequently real time electricity displays will communicate data to customers under his proposals to extend smart-metering; whether the electricity displays will offer different tariffs depending on the time of day; and if he will make a statement.
(146839)
4
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether he expects the smart-meters proposed in his Energy White Paper will be fully broadband enabled; and what contribution he expects that the use of such technology will make in reducing (a) losses in the network and (b) the need for peak power.
(146840)
5
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the level of the national minimum wage was for (a) adults and (b) younger workers (i) at its inception and (ii) at each further increase since then; what the date was of each increase; and what percentage of national average earnings each increase represented.
(146574)
6
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps he has taken in the last year to encourage more people to make such contributions.
(147339)
7
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what analysis his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
(147343)
8
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many prosecutions there were for music piracy, broken down by (a) internet and (b) compact disc sourced material in each year since 1997.
(146247)
9
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what opportunities post offices have to expand the range of goods and services they offer.
(147218)
10
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much of the funding allocated to the post office network by the Government has been allocated for (a) training, (b) new equipment and (c) marketing.
(147219)
11
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what new products and services have been developed by the Post Office with the aim of encouraging the recruitment of sub-postmasters.
(147220)
12
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many free-to-use cash machines have been installed in sub-post offices.
(147222)
13
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what discussions his Department has had with major supermarkets on ensuring that food packaging is user friendly for the (a) elderly and (b) disabled.
(147301)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
14
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what public expenditure per head in real terms was for (a) Northamptonshire, (b) Wellingborough constituency, (c) Kettering constituency and (d) Corby constituency in each year from 2001-02 to 2006-07.
(147342)
15
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to announce the Government's total accrued liability in relation to public service pension schemes as at March 2006.
(147364)
16
N
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on his commitment to move civil service jobs out of the South East, with particular reference to the Naval Base Review.
(147016)
17
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has been made of the revenue received by Her Majesty's Treasury from the importation, manufacture and sale of fireworks in each of the last three years.
(146795)
18
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of people living in Stockport are eligible to claim tax credits but do not do so.
(147259)
19
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what sample size was used for 2004-05 tax credit awards to check the level of tax credit fraud and error; and if he will make a statement.
(147366)
20
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit (a) maladministration and (b) consolatory payments were made in each month between October 2006 and June 2007.
(147367)
21
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June 2007, Official Report, column 1890W, on welfare tax credits: overpayments, from how many people who have been declared bankrupt the Tax Credit Office is claiming back tax credit overpayments in the format in which the information is available.
(147462)
22
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the surplus or deficit on the National Insurance Fund was in each year since 1979.
(146249)
23
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the share was of (a) wages and (b) profits of national income in each year since 1979.
(146780)
24
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps he has taken in the last year to encourage more people to make such contributions.
(147341)
25
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
(147345)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
26
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many individuals teaching or managing in schools are paid through personal service companies (IR35), broken down by local authority; and what guidance his Department issues to local authorities on this matter.
(146649)
27
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 were entered for a qualification provided by the awarding body CACHE in the last year for which figures are available.
(147306)
28
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, to how many GCSEs (a) a CACHE Foundation Award in Caring for Children and (b) a CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Child Care and Education are considered to be equivalent for the purposes of GCSE performance tables.
(147307)
29
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, to how many qualifications included in the secondary school (GCSE and equivalent) performance tables are considered to be equivalent (a) 3, (b) 4 and (c) 5 or more GCSEs.
(147308)
30
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 were entered for a CACHE Level 2 Certificate in Child Care and Education in the last year for which figures are available.
(147309)
31
David Howarth (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the effect on the educational attainments of pupils of being taught by unqualified teachers.
(147453)
32
Margaret Moran (Luton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what representations he has received on the National Children's database on data protection and confidentiality.
(147382)
33
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the projected cost of all previous and proposed student loan sales to the public purse over their lifetime with respect to (a) interest subsidies and (b) the difference in cost between purchasing the loans by third parties and the face value of the loans.
(147267)
34
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
(147324)
35
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much has been spent per pupil in Stockton-on-Tees in each year since 1997.
(147289)
36
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many students in Stockton South claimed education maintenance allowance in each year since it was introduced, broken down by ward of residence.
(147290)
37
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was allocated for capital expenditure on education in Stockton-on-Tees in each year since 1997.
(147291)
38
Ms Dari Taylor (Stockton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants were employed in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in Stockton-on-Tees in (A) 1997 and (B) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(147292)
39
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many teachers in the maintained sector have been trained by the Applied Scholastics programme.
(147454)
40
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment his Department has made of the Applied Scholastics programme for (a) teachers and (b) pupils.
(147455)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
41
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Defence on the contribution that the Ministry of Defence could make to post-Gershon work on the re-location of Civil Service jobs out of London and the South East via current initiatives, with particular reference to the Naval Base Review; and if he will make a statement.
(147247)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
42
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the deadline is for authorities to sign up to the proposed regional fire and rescue control centre to be located in Cambridge.
(146651)
43
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new dwellings were built in the Chelmsford local authority area in each year between 2000 and 2007.
(146652)
44
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many dwellings built in Chelmsford between 2000 and 2007 were classified as affordable housing.
(146653)
45
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will assess the relevant experience held by the contractors designing the new computer systems for the proposed regional fire and rescue control centre in the East of England in the design and delivery of projects funded by the public purse.
(146791)
46
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations she has received on the proposed regional fire and rescue control centre in the East of England; and what discussions she has had with the Fire Brigades Union on the matter.
(146794)
47
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what percentage of homes in Bolton have been improved under the decent homes standard.
(147410)
48
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the quality of information gathering and collation of data on houses in multiple occupation by local authorities; and if she will make a statement.
(146747)
49
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects the toolkit of good practice guidance for local authorities in respect of houses in multiple occupation to be available for use; and if she will make a statement.
(146748)
50
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people were surveyed in the Park Homes Commission Consultation; and how many votes were cast for each of the three proposed options.
(147025)
51
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Government's target is for numbers of new council homes to be built in (a) Essex and (b) Romford.
(147368)
52
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many council homes were built in Essex in each year since 1997.
(147369)
53
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many non-decent homes there were in (a) Essex and (b) the London Borough of Havering in the latest period for which figures are available.
(147370)
54
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many vulnerable households lived in non-decent homes in Essex in the latest period for which figures are available.
(147371)
55
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many council tenants in London were classed as living in cramped conditions in the last period for which figures are available.
(147372)
56
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to improve the supply of rural housing.
(147373)
57
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many housing associations there are in (a) Essex and (b) Romford.
(147374)
58
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what meetings she has had with Ministers from the devolved administrations to discuss housing in the UK.
(147375)
59
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what public funds were spent on the Supporting People strategy in each year since its inception.
(147376)
60
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which Government-run affordable housing schemes, administered by housing associations, are in operation.
(147377)
61
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many council tenants bought their council homes under the right-to-buy scheme in Romford in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006.
(147378)
62
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many council tenants bought their council homes under the Right-to-Buy scheme in each year since 1997.
(147379)
63
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new council homes are planned to be built in the London Borough of Havering in the next period for which figures are available.
(147385)
64
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average level of discount on council homes was in (a) Essex and (b) England when bought under the Right-to-Buy scheme in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005 and (iii) 2006.
(147404)
65
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local councils in (a) England and (b) London are not permitted to give reduced discounts on council homes sold via the Right-to-Buy scheme.
(147405)
66
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to inform first-time buyers about the Right-to-Buy scheme.
(147406)
67
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many council homes there are in (a) Essex and (b) the London Borough of Havering.
(147407)
68
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people are waiting for council homes in (a) Essex and (b) the London Borough of Havering.
(147408)
69
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to reduce carbon emissions from council homes.
(147409)
70
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate her Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
(147322)
71
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will issue guidance to planning authorities on the provision of recycling points in new developments.
(147389)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
72
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding was provided to Sport England North East Region in each of the last five years; and what the projected funding allocation is for the 2008-09 financial year.
(147452)
73
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to permit the pre-testing of gaming machines prior to the implementation of the new machine categories provided for in the Gambling Act 2005.
(147466)
74
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations his Department has received from (a) the gaming industry and (b) local authorities on the deadline for premises license applications in order to secure continuation rights.
(147467)
75
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
(147321)
76
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with colleagues in the Department for Children, Schools and Families on increasing participation in football in primary schools; and if he will make a statement.
(147393)
77
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the value of land at the Olympic site which will be available for resale after hosting the Olympic Games in 2012 at current prices.
(146246)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
78
Mr Russell Brown (Dumfries and Galloway):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government plans to extend the eligibility for the HM Forces Veterans' Badge to the Royal Observer Corps.
(147398)
79
Mr David Curry (Skipton & Ripon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to move NATO joint headquarters from Rheindahlen to RAF Innsworth; and if he will make a statement.
(147239)
80
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what facilities are available for psychiatric treatment of troops on return to Stockport after service in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(147260)
81
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British Gulf War I veterans suffering from mental health issues there are in the Stockport area; and what proportion are receiving treatment.
(147261)
82
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average employment cost was of (a) an officer, (b) a member of another rank, (c) a non-industrial civil servant and (d) an industrial civil servant in the (i) Army, (ii) Navy, (iii) Air Force and (iv) Royal Marines in each year since 1997.
(147355)
83
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
(147320)
84
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information he has received from the Defence Training Review preferred bidder on the discussions it has had with (a) business, (b) local government and (c) academic leaders in South Wales on future plans for MoD, St Athan; and which organisations have taken part in such discussions.
(147273)
85
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information he has received from the Defence Training Review preferred bidder on discussions it has had with elected representatives in South Wales about future plans for MoD, St Athan; and who took part in those discussions.
(147274)
86
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress he has made on the Defence Training Review since his statement of 17th January 2007, Official Report, columns 787-802, on Defence Training Review; and if he will make a statement.
(147275)
87
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to sign the Maingate contract for the Defence Training Review rationalisation project.
(147276)
88
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to take a decision on making the provisional preferred bidder for package 2 of the Defence Training Review programme the preferred bidder.
(147277)
89
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will require the Defence Training Review preferred bidder to hold discussions with Persimmon Homes and Barratts on planning gains for the Defence Military Academy at MoD, St Athan from the development of Llandow Newydd.
(147278)
90
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information he has received from the Defence Training Review preferred bidder on discussions it has had with local organisations and community groups in the Vale of Glamorgan on the future plans for MoD, St Athan; and which organisations and groups were involved in those discussions.
(147279)
91
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the principal surface access routes to MoD St Athan will be (a) during and (b) after the construction of the new military training academy.
(147280)
92
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where he expects the new accommodation for trainees and military and civilian staff at the military training academy MoD St Athan to be located.
(147281)
93
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) military and (b) civilian personnel he expects will be based at MoD St Athan when the new military academy is complete.
(147282)
94
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the timetable is for the construction and occupation of the new military training academy at MoD St Athan.
(147283)
95
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the future of the Special Forces Support Unit at MoD St Athan; and if he will make a statement.
(147284)
96
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with Airbus Cimpa on the temporary use of redundant bays in the Red Dragon Hangar at MoD St Athan.
(147285)
97
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to secure the future operation and maintenance of the runway at MoD St Athan.
(147286)
98
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans the preferred bidder for the Defence Training Academy, MoD St Athan has to re-open St Athan Halt or construct a new railway station.
(147287)
99
John Smith (Vale of Glamorgan):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will require the Defence Training Review preferred bidder to make an assessment of the impact of the new build at the Defence Training Academy, MoD St Athan on the surface water and drainage in the immediate locale, with particular reference to the village of Boverton.
(147288)
100
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK service personnel have been (a) injured and (b) killed in Iraq since March 2003.
(147354)
101
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will introduce a campaign medal for the servicemen and women involved in the Bomber Command campaign in the Second World War; and if he will make a statement.
(147304)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Education and Skills
102
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills, what religious groups his Department has corresponded with in the past 12 months over possible sponsorship of (a) an academy and (b) a trust school.
(146809)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
103
Mr Nicholas Brown (Newcastle upon Tyne East & Wallsend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for increasing the (a) funding and (b) staffing of the Catchment Sensitive Farming programme in meeting the requirements of the EU Water Framework Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(147243)
104
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with EU counterparts on using a possible alternative to Gross Domestic Product for measuring economic welfare.
(147180)
105
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which pesticides and herbicides are permitted for use on organic food crops in the UK.
(147411)
106
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are in place to monitor the contamination of organic food by pesticides and herbicides that are permitted for use on such crops.
(147412)
107
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of greenhouse gas emissions from livestock, particularly cattle; and what studies he has commissioned or reviewed into ways of reducing their emissions.
(146727)
108
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the advice and guidance given by his Department to regional development agencies on axes 1 and 3 of the Rural Development Programme.
(147348)
109
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding his Department provided for the Woodchester studies of bovine tuberculosis and badgers in each of the last 10 years.
(147395)
110
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Jonus project in environmental monitoring.
(147223)
111
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential health impacts from contamination of non-GM potato crops resulting from trials of BASF GM blight resistant potatoes.
(147245)
112
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if his Department will require BASF to conduct food safety studies of their GM blight resistant potatoes on the same lines as those required by the Irish government for trials in that country.
(147246)
113
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
(147325)
114
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take to encourage small businesses to improve their recycling rate.
(147390)
115
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the likelihood of the acute reference dose for pesticides being exceeded by an individual consumer.
(146792)
116
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to advise consumers of the importance of washing or peeling fruit to reduce herbicide and pesticide ingestion; what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the health risks of pesticide ingestion; and if he will make a statement.
(146793)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
117
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27th February 2007 to the hon. Member for Reading East, Official Report, column 305W, on Iraq, what the total contractual costs of private security companies contracted to his Department and operating in Iraq were in each year between 2003 and the latest date for which figures are available.
(147295)
118
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish a White Paper when the new European Union treaty is available, setting out side by side what the original constitution said and what the new treaty proposes.
(147179)
119
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which UK officials will be seconded to support the work of the Quartet Representative as set out in the Quartet statement of 27th June 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(147479)
120
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd May 2007, Official Report, column 1719, on UN resolutions: frontiers, how many further notifications have been received by the UN Security Council Committee established pursuant to UN Resolution 1737 (2006) from states reporting the entry into or transit through their territories of designated persons.
(147480)
121
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what commitments have been made by Iran to co-operate with the International Atomic Energy Agency in resolving outstanding issues relating to Iran's nuclear programme; and if he will make a statement.
(147481)
122
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the objectives are of the EU sanctions against Burma; and what assessment he has made of progress made towards meeting these objectives.
(147482)
123
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the outcome of the review of UK relations with Iran announced in April 2007.
(147483)
124
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2007, Official Report, column 1216W, on Departments: Advertising, under what terms the checklist for the travellers website (www.fco.gov.uk/travel) and its paper equivalent carry advertisements for commercial insurance companies.
(147353)
125
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on incursion into the Ugandan High Court by security forces to re-arrest suspects previously given bail; and if he will make a statement.
(147248)
126
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the EU Food Supplements Directive.
(147240)
127
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of imposing maximum permitted levels of vitamins and minerals in food supplements.
(147241)
128
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
(147326)
129
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps he has taken in the last 12 months to encourage more people to make such contributions.
(147330)
130
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to disrupt the supply of illegal drugs originating from (a) Afghanistan and (b) South America to the United Kingdom.
(147302)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
131
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to provide job opportunities in the NHS for new midwives on graduation.
(147380)
132
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June 2007, Official Report, column 1920W, on the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation, when the minutes are likely to be agreed.
(147463)
133
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Stroud, of 12th June 2007, Official Report, column 1008W, on the Royal Pharmaceutical Society, what the composition is of the Pharmacy Regulation and Leadership Oversight Group.
(147464)
134
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department made to the Health Professionals Council prior to April 2004.
(147474)
135
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision is made to hospital chaplains in the National Health Service; what the total expenditure upon chaplains was in each of the last five years; and what the budget is for chaplains in 2007-08.
(147478)
136
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance is issued to hospital trusts on whether patients with MRSA infections should be nursed in single rooms.
(146841)
137
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) CT and (b) MRI scanners are installed in facilities in Stockport Primary Care Trust.
(147249)
138
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much NHS funding was allocated to dentistry provision in Stockport in each year since 1997.
(147250)
139
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dentists there are working in Stockport; and how many there were in each year since 1997.
(147251)
140
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dental surgeries there are in the Stockport Primary Care Trust area; and how many of these are accepting new NHS patients.
(147252)
141
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients are registered with NHS general dental practitioners in the Stockport Primary Care Trust area.
(147253)
142
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many units of dental activity were allocated to Stockport Primary Care Trust area for financial year (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(147254)
143
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the percentage of people in Stockport who have long-term illnesses.
(147255)
144
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals in the Greater Manchester area have acted on his Department's recommendations to provide free or reduced price parking for patients with long-term illnesses and requiring regular treatment.
(147256)
145
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the future of the accident and emergency unit at Bishop Auckland General Hospital.
(147020)
146
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many Parliamentary Questions were tabled to his Department between 1st January and 30th June 2007, broken down by (a) Ordinary Written and (b) Named Day; what percentage of Ordinary Written Questions were answered within 10 working days; what percentage of Named Day Questions were answered substantively by the date named; and what measures he is taking to ensure that Questions are answered within the (i) recommended and (ii) required time.
(147021)
147
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) cases of healthcare-acquired infections and (b) deaths where the death certificate refers to a healthcare-acquired infection in care homes there were in each of the last three years for which figures are available, broken down by (i) type of infection and (ii) type of care home.
(147022)
148
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) cases of C. difficile and (b) deaths where the death certificate refers to C. difficile there were in each acute hospital trust in England in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(147023)
149
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 17th May 2007, Official Report, column 925W, on NHS treatment centres: private sector, when he expects to publish the Healthcare Commission's full report on the quality of care in such centres.
(147024)
150
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) value and (b) total gross internal area was in each of the last three financial years of the building stock on the NHS estate built (i) before 1948, (ii) from 1948 to 1954, (iii) from 1955 to 1964, (iv) from 1965 to 1974, (v) from 1975 to 1984, (vi) from 1985 to 1994, (vii) from 1995 to 2004 and (viii) since 2005.
(147329)
151
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of using ozone to combat the threat of MRSA; how many representations on the subject he has received; and if he will make a statement.
(147475)
152
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women have been denied IVF treatment on the grounds of the `need of that child for a father' in accordance with 13 (5) of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 in each year since 1990.
(147178)
153
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
(147327)
154
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps he has taken in the last 12 months to encourage more people to make such contributions.
(147331)
155
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) outpatient appointments and (b) operations there were at Warrington Hospital in each of the last five years.
(147388)
156
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Capital Challenge Fund Scheme funding allocations are of (a) University Hospital, Birmingham NHS Trust, (b) Frimley Park NHS Foundation Trust and (c) University College London NHS Foundation Trust; and if he will make a statement.
(147457)
157
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to review NHS purchasing processes, with particular reference to enabling clinicians to commission appropriate technologies where hospital-acquired infections are concerned.
(147458)
158
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on NHS purchasing processes, with particular reference to the delivery of effective management of hospital acquired infections.
(147459)
159
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of clostridium difficile that were caused by in-hospital contamination in each of the last three years.
(147460)
160
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9th May 2007, Official Report, column 278W, on NHS Finance, whether rates of clostridium difficile were taken into consideration during the allocation of grants under the Capital Challenge Fund scheme.
(147465)
161
Mark Tami (Alyn & Deeside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9th May 2007, Official Report, column 278W, on NHS Finance, what factors were taken into account in the decision to allocate funds to hospitals under the Capital Challenge Fund scheme.
(147476)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
162
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reasons were for removing the UK's immigration reservation on the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women in 2004.
(147358)
163
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will consider removing the UK's immigration reservation on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
(147477)
164
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions her Department has had with the Russian government on security strategies to deal with terrorist threats.
(146248)
165
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) illegal immigrants and (b) failed asylum seekers were granted leave to remain in the UK as a result of amnesties in each of the last 10 years.
(147242)
166
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the levels of perception of anti-social behaviour in (a) Greater Manchester, (b) Stockport and (c) Cheadle in each of the last three years; and if she make a statement.
(147268)
167
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders were breached in each local authority area in each of the last three years.
(147269)
168
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance is given by her Department to police forces on the exercise of the powers contained in section 165A of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
(147401)
169
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many domestic burglaries there were in (a) Houghton and Washington East and (b) Northumbria Police Authority Area in each of the last 10 years.
(147449)
170
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the recorded level of crime was in (a) Houghton and Washington East constituency and (b) Northumbria Police Authority Area in each of the last 10 years.
(147450)
171
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) community support officers there were in the Northumbria Police Force Area in each of the last 10 years.
(147451)
172
N
Mr Sadiq Khan (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been re-arrested for a terrorist-related offence having previously been released before the end of the 28 days maximum pre-charge detention period under the Terrorism Act 2000, broken down by (a) year, (b) gender, (c) ethnicity and (d) religion.
(147176)
173
N
Mr Sadiq Khan (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) arrested, (b) charged and (c) convicted under the Terrorism Act 2000, broken down by (i) year, (ii) gender, (iii) ethnicity and (iv) religion.
(147177)
174
N
Mr Sadiq Khan (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people arrested under the Terrorism Act 2000 have been charged (a) within the first seven days, (b) between days 8 and 14, (c) between days 15 and 21 and (d) between days 22 and 28.
(147181)
175
N
Mr Sadiq Khan (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) arrests, (b) charges and (c) convictions have been made for terrorist-related offences after a warrant had been executed under (i) the Terrorism Act 2000 and (ii) the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act 2001.
(147182)
176
Mr Sadiq Khan (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many cases a suspect has been released before the end of the maximum 28 days pre-charge detention period under the Terrorism Act 2000 and then re-arrested following decryption of computer data or completion of other investigative work.
(147311)
177
Mr Sadiq Khan (Tooting):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many cases suspects detained under the Terrorism Act 2000 have been released because of insufficient time to decrypt heavily-encrypted computer data.
(147312)
178
Margaret Moran (Luton South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with those hosting social networking sites on adopting mechanisms to prevent child abuse.
(147381)
179
Margaret Moran (Luton South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with those hosting social networking sites on child protection issues.
(147383)
180
Margaret Moran (Luton South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the likely impact of serious crime prevention orders proposed in the Serious Crime Bill, if enacted, on the posting of child abuse images on social networking sites.
(147384)
181
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
(147328)
182
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of staff in her Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps she has taken in the last 12 months to encourage more people to make such contributions.
(147332)
183
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in each police force were (a) prosecuted, (b) disciplined and (c) dismissed for drink driving related offences in each of the last three years.
(147403)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
184
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
(147352)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
185
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what national programmes his Department funds in health and education which reach Jiling, Nuwakot in Nepal.
(147271)
186
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance his Department is providing to people living in Jiling village in Nuwakot district in Nepal.
(147272)
187
N
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what requests have been made to his Department under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000; and what the (a) FOI case reference number, (b) request summary, (c) request outcome and (d) reason for exemption was in each case where appropriate.
(146843)
188
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to travel to commute.
(147313)
189
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps he has taken in the last 12 months to encourage more people to make such contributions.
(147333)
190
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the Gambian education system's adoption of the Applied Scholastics programme.
(147365)
191
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contact his Department has had with Applied Scholastics since 1997.
(147456)
192
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to discourage farmers in Afghanistan from growing opium for use in illegal drugs.
(147303)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
193
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to the public purse has been of the recent case brought by the Prison Service against the Prison Officers' Association; what response he has made to the judgment; and what steps he has taken to improve the relationship between the Service and the Association.
(147270)
194
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children, and which organisations representing children, responded to the Confidence and Confidentiality consultation on family courts.
(147396)
195
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, to (a) how many children, and (b) which organisations representing children, his Department has sent the consultation document Openness in Family Courts.
(147397)
196
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offences were committed by tagged offenders in Stockport in (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005, (d) 2006 and (e) 2007.
(147258)
197
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what criteria were used by his Department to determine the paybands of departmental staff; and if he will make a statement.
(147293)
198
N
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to introduce further mediation services for separating couples with children.
(146343)
199
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, why different targets have been set for prisons run in the (a) public and (b) private sectors for the percentage of prisoners held in accommodation units intended for fewer prisoners.
(147356)
200
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions his Department has had with the Welsh Assembly Government on the establishment of a Community Legal Services Strategy for Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(147015)
201
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on the Detoxification Unit in Cardiff prison in each year since it was established; and if he will make a statement.
(147359)
202
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many law practices in Wales received funds through the Crown Courts in Wales for (a) legal aid advice and assistance and (b) legal aid including representation, in each of the last seven years, broken down by (i) the lowest possible geographical areas for which figures are available, (ii) the type of case and (iii) the nature of the work for which the legal aid was paid; and if he will make a statement.
(147361)
203
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how legal aid funding was spent across Wales through the Crown Courts in each of the last seven years, broken down by (a) the lowest possible geographical areas for which figures are available, (b) the type of case and (c) the nature of the work for which the legal aid was paid; and if he will make a statement.
(147362)
204
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of legal cases in Wales were in receipt of legal aid in each of the last seven years, broken down (a) to the lowest possible geographical areas for which figures are available, (b) the type of case and (c) the nature of the work for which legal aid was paid; and if he will make a statement.
(147363)
205
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much Welsh police forces have spent on housing prisoners under Operation Safeguard in each month since it began; and if he will make a statement.
(147386)
206
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prisoner on prisoner and (b) prisoner on officer assaults were recorded in each month in each year since 2002, broken down by prison establishment; and if he will make a statement.
(147387)
207
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications to the Detoxification Unit at Cardiff Prison were (a) accepted, (b) rejected and (c) made in total in each year since it was established; and if he will make a statement.
(147391)
Questions to the Leader of the House
208
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East):To ask the Leader of the House, what estimated Short money funding allocation she plans to make to Opposition political parties in the House of Commons for the 2008-09 financial year.
(147468)
209
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Leader of the House, what estimate she has made of the number of her office staff using public transport to commute.
(147314)
210
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Leader of the House, how many and what percentage of staff in her Office are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps she has taken in the last 12 months to encourage more people to make such contributions.
(147334)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
211
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
(147315)
212
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps he has taken in the last 12 months to encourage more people to make such contributions.
(147335)
Questions to the Prime Minister
213
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Prime Minister, what recent representations he has received from military commanders on the allocation of additional funds to the reconstruction of Afghanistan.
(147017)
214
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will visit accident and emergency departments due to close to discuss alternative provision.
(147018)
215
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has considered the recommendations of the recent report of the Public Administration Select Committee on changes to the machinery of government; and if he will make a statement.
(147175)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
216
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
(147317)
217
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps he has taken in the last 12 months to encourage more people to make such contributions.
(147337)
Questions to the Solicitor General
218
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Solicitor General, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
(147310)
219
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Solicitor General, how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps he has taken in the last 12 months to encourage more people to make such contributions.
(147338)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
220
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June to Question 145649, on fast link trains, what the anticipated frequency is of the one hour and 25 minute fast trains from St Pancras to Ramsgate; and on what date this service is likely to commence.
(146654)
221
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11th June 2007, Official Report, column 727W, on M60: Road Signs and Markings, whether legislative changes are necessary in order for Highways Agency traffic officers to use scrolling arrows in their vehicles to direct traffic on the M60.
(147357)
222
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will examine the feasibility of bringing the hard shoulder into use as a carriageway on the M1 motorway in the vicinity of junction 24 during large-scale events likely to lead to congestion at Donington Park circuit at Castle Donington; and if she will make a statement.
(146725)
223
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for how long the slip road at junction 25 of the M1 motorway towards Nottingham is likely to remain closed; what the reason is for the closure; and if she will make a statement.
(146726)
224
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will take steps to require new cars sold in the UK to be fitted with electronic stability control.
(146728)
225
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what data her Department has on the number of accidents in each year from 1997 to 2005 that were caused by drivers whose blood alcohol level was (a) over 80ml, (b) between 80 and 50ml and (c) under 50ml; and if she will make a statement.
(147469)
226
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what percentage of staff in her Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps she has taken in the last year to encourage more people to make such contributions.
(147340)
227
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate her Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
(147344)
228
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the contribution of late night public transport to public safety, particularly from town and city centres; and if she will make a statement.
(147394)
229
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what evaluation her Department has made of the (a) punctuality and (b) reliability of trains operated by Great Western between London and South Wales.
(147216)
230
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment her Department has made of the standard of Great Western's train services between London and South Wales.
(147217)
231
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations her Department has received on the train services operated by Great Western between London and South Wales.
(147221)
232
Mr Iain Wright (Hartlepool):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was spent by her Department on bus subsidy in the North East of England, broken down by (a) local authority and (b) bus operator in each of the last 10 years.
(147305)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
233
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussion he has had with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the economic benefits for Wales arising out of the introduction of regional pay in the public sector.
(147294)
234
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps he has taken in the last year to encourage more people to make such contributions.
(147318)
235
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
(147346)
236
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many police officers in Wales were (a) prosecuted, (b) disciplined and (c) dismissed for drink driving related offences in each of the last three years.
(147402)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
237
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what support his Department provides for people signed off incapacity benefit and awaiting jobseeker's allowance.
(147461)
238
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the trial introduced in North Tyneside following the GNN Report, Data Sharing can lead to Faster, More Efficient Services, will be extended to a further six local authorities; and if he will consider Thanet as a location for one of the next pilot schemes.
(146650)
239
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to introduce further advice and counselling services for separating couples with children.
(147244)
240
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of staff in his Department are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps he has taken in the last year to encourage more people to make such contributions.
(147319)
241
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
(147347)
242
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of pensioners in Warrington who received energy efficiency grants in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(147360)
243
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the potential effect of loss of benefits by people with a learning disability wishing to take up work on their ability to do so; and if he will introduce measures to ensure flexibility in the benefits system for such people.
(147399)
244
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average payment will be under the Financial Assistance Scheme for a member of the Abingdon Carpets pension scheme.
(147298)
245
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pension schemes in England and Wales are eligible for the Financial Assistance Scheme.
(147299)
246
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many members of the Abingdon Carpets pension scheme are forecast to receive 80 per cent. of their core pension under the Financial Assistance Scheme.
(147300)
247
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what effect past receipt of family credit has on entitlement to pensions under the state earnings-related pension scheme; by what means information about such receipt is transferred from his Department's computer records to those of HM Revenue and Customs; and if he will make a statement.
(147019)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
248
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June 2007, Official Report, column 1823W, on Nanotechnology, what the split is between specialist and directed (managed programmes) nanotechnology funding and responsive mode nanotechnology funding within the research councils.
[Transferred] (147470)
249
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether his Department classifies responsive mode nanotechnology funding in the same category as direct nanotechnology funding.
[Transferred] (147471)
250
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many long-term grants for nanotechnology of (a) over four years duration and (b) over £5 million in value the Government has funded in the last 10 years.
[Transferred] (147472)
251
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much of the £100 million invested in nanotechnology on collaborative research and development since 2005 was associated with (a) nanotechnologies and (b) micro-technologies.
[Transferred] (147473)
252
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much subsidy was provided by local authorities for Postbus services in the last year for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (146842)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
253
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the teenage conception rate was for (a) the Stockport Primary Care Trust area and (b) Cheadle at the latest date for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (147257)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
254
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate the Prime Minister's Office has made of the number of its staff using public transport to commute.
[Transferred] (147316)
255
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many and what percentage of staff in the Prime Minister's Office are making additional voluntary contributions to their pensions; and what steps the Prime Minister's Office has taken in the last 12 months to encourage more people to make such contributions.
[Transferred] (147336)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
256
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much funding for research into the development of treatment using (a) embryonic stem cells and (b) stem cells from umbilical cords and other adult stem cells his Department has allocated in each of the last five years; and what mechanism is used to determine how funds are apportioned between the two treatments.
[Transferred] (147400)

 
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