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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 5 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 Thursday 5 July 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 5 July 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 5 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 Thursday 5 July of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 5 July see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many (a) voluntary and (b) compulsory Post Office closures there will be over the next two years; and if he will make a statement.
(147869)
2
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 144W, on Power Stations: Peterhead, what additional sequestration projects might be approved in the next (a) three months and (b) six months.
(147821)
3
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when his Department expects to respond to the Gibbons Review.
(148096)
4
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether he plans to publish the evidence considered by the Gibbons Review.
(148097)
5
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether his Department has estimated the effect on the costs of (a) employees, (b) employers and (c) the Government of implementing the recommendations of the Gibbons Review.
(148098)
6
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what plans his Department has to amend or repeal the Employment Act 2002 (Dispute Resolution) Regulations.
(148099)
7
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what measures his Department has taken to increase the use of mediation in employment disputes.
(148100)
8
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will place in the Library all representations received on the Gibbons Review.
(148101)
9
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 13th June 2007, Official Report, column 1080W, on Departments: trade unions, what other projects implemented by domestic trades unions his Department has funded in the last period for which figures are available.
(147928)
10
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps he plans to take to reduce the UK's trade deficit with the European Union.
(147787)
11
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what factors underlay the decision to set a 10 year time frame for the roll out of smart meters.
(148222)
12
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will have a meeting with the gas and electricity suppliers, smart meter manufacturers and environmental stakeholders including Energywatch and the Carbon Trust to discuss the Government's plans for smart meters.
(148223)
13
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected cost is of such projects commissioned or underway.
(148026)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
14
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was raised from residential stamp duty on properties within the City of Edinburgh local authority area in each year since 1997.
(147719)
15
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was raised from inheritance tax on estates within the City of Edinburgh local authority area in each year since 1996.
(147720)
16
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many estates within the City of Edinburgh local authority area were subject to inheritance tax in each year since 1996.
(147721)
17
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many properties within the City of Edinburgh local authority area were subject to (a) one per cent., (b) three per cent., and (c) four per cent. residential stamp duty in each year since 1997.
(147722)
18
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people aged (a) 0 to 18, (b) 18 to 24, (c) 25 to 50, (d) 50 to 65, (e) 66 to 84 and (f) 85 years and over held current bank accounts in each region covered by the regional development agencies at the latest date for which figures are available.
(148073)
19
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the regional distribution was of software-related employment according to the Labour Force Survey (a) in 2001 and (b) in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(148074)
20
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many working age workless households with couples without dependent children there were in the North East region in each year since 1992.
(148209)
21
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 384W, on income tax, how many people who will experience a reduction in income will be (a) economically active and (b) inactive.
(147819)
22
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 384W, on income tax, how many (a) single adults, (b) families with one earner and (c) individuals in families with two earners will experience a reduction in income, broken down by sex.
(147820)
23
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 18th June 2007 to the hon. Member for Rayleigh, Official Report, column 1495W, on departmental expenditure, what discussions his Department had with Brian Pomeroy before commissioning Opinion Leader Research.
(147927)
24
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that the number of carers is counted in the 2011 Census.
(148072)
25
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected cost is of such projects commissioned or underway.
(148020)
26
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consideration the Office of Government Commerce has given to procurement of waste treatment and disposal services.
(146783)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
27
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidance has been given to the singing ambassador, Mr Howard Goodall, on responding to correspondence from hon. Members.
(148282)
28
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many primary school pupils were excluded in (a) the Ribble Valley and (b) England in the last five years.
(147845)
29
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what amount in (a) percentage and (b) real terms the Government has spent on (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools from its education budget in the last five years.
(147846)
30
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average reading age was of pupils aged (a) five, (b) six, (c) seven, (d) eight, (e) nine, (f) 10 and (g) 11 in primary schools in each of the last five years.
(147847)
31
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average class size was in (a) comprehensive, (b) grammar and (c) independent schools in (i) the Ribble Valley and (ii) England in each of the last five years.
(147848)
32
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many secondary school pupils were excluded from secondary schools in (a) the Ribble Valley and (b) England in the last five years.
(147849)
33
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has to change the functional skills requirement of the level 2 specialised diploma.
(148134)
34
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the impact of the functional skills requirement on the potential uptake of the specialised diploma; and if he will make a statement.
(148135)
35
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what changes are planned to the number of Shakespeare plays that may be offered for study by schools at Key Stage 3 from 2009 onwards; and if he will make a statement.
(148136)
36
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the potential impact of the increased flexibility of the proposed Key Stage 3 programmes of study proposed in the report of the secondary curriculum review on the effectiveness of Key Stage 3 assessment.
(148137)
37
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether he plans to set a target for clearing repairs to school buildings identified as required but unfunded in the Asset Management Planning data collected from local education authorities in 2005.
(148139)
38
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many new (a) primary and (b) secondary schools will (i) start construction and (ii) be completed under the Building Schools for the Future programme in each of the next three financial years; and what proportion of those schools will be (i) new build and (ii) refurbishment of existing facilities.
(148140)
39
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what total amount of compensation claims was made against schools in the last 12 months; and if he will list the 10 highest such claims, identifying the nature of each case.
(148184)
40
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what measures his Department is taking to improve the standard of literacy in schools.
(148190)
41
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will make a statement on the implementation of his Department's proposals for reform of the 14 to 19 curriculum.
(148191)
42
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will make a statement on the implementation of personalised learning in schools.
(148225)
43
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many childcare places (a) opened and (b) closed in 2005-06.
(148240)
44
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department is taking to encourage diversity of provision in childcare.
(148241)
45
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department is taking to improve the standard of basic skills of school leavers.
(148243)
46
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what progress has been made on the review of the national literacy strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(148244)
47
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of pupils from (a) independent, (b) maintained and (c) grammar schools received a grade A in two of Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(148274)
48
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Sure Start outreach programmes.
(148051)
49
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment has been made of the effect of Sure Start children's centres in areas where there is existing sufficient nursery provision provided by the private, voluntary and independent sector.
(148265)
50
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what (a) safeguards are in place and (b) checks are made to ensure that local authorities are sufficiently funding the free entitlement to early years education for three and four year olds.
(148266)
51
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 5th June 2007, Official Report, columns 372-3W, on school meals: take-up, whether the four per cent. target relates exclusively to lunches.
(147930)
52
N
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with Essex Local Education Authority on secondary education provision in Colchester constituency; and if he will make a statement.
(147863)
53
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what initiatives to tackle anti-social behaviour the Government has funded in Torbay since 1997.
(148092)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
54
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what steps the Government is taking to improve accessibility to government websites; and if he will make a statement.
(148181)
55
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many university places are funded for in-service courses for civil servants; if he will list the courses so provided; and what the cost is of such courses to the public purse.
(148200)
56
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Office has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected cost is of such projects commissioned or underway.
(148015)
57
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the Cabinet Office's responsibilities with regard to the 2012 Olympics.
(147844)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
58
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the liability for council tax is of a full-time student sharing one dwelling with three others.
(148285)
59
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many houses in multiple occupation there were in each local authority in Tyne and Wear in each year since 2001 as recorded in the Housing Strategy Statistical Appendix.
(148075)
60
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in how many planning permissions for housing development the granting of permission incorporated a condition that a proportion of the properties built should be affordable in each of the last 10 years for which records are available; and what proportion of new homes granted planning permission in this period were affordable.
(148174)
61
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of affordable home completions in each of the last five years for which records are available were sold for (a) less than (i) £40,000, (ii) £50,000, (iii) £60,000, (iv) £70,000, (v) £80,000, (vi) £90,000, (vii) £100,000, (viii) £110,000, (ix) £120,000 and (b) more than £120,000; and what the figures were in each year in each case for the South West.
(148252)
62
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of (a) home completions and (b) planning permission awards in each Government office of the regions area in England were affordable; and what proportion of these were for (i) sale, (ii) rent, (iii) shared equity ownership and (iv) other housing tenure format in each of the last 10 years for which records are available.
(148253)
63
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of planning permissions granted in each of the last 10 years for which records are available for residential development which included an element of affordable housing have been (a) started, (b) completed and (c) occupied.
(148254)
64
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons Annex D of Planning Policy Statement 25: Development and Flood Risk included a list of substances classed as hazards under the Chemical Hazards Information and Packaging Regulations; and what related consultation was carried out.
(148047)
65
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number and percentage of storage facilities for materials classed as hazardous under the Chemical Hazards Information and Packaging Regulations located in Flood Risk Zone 3 areas.
(148048)
66
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which her Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected cost is of such projects commissioned or underway.
(148016)
67
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the right hon. Member for Hull East met (a) directors, representatives or lawyers acting for and (b) employees of (i) Berkeley Group Holdings plc, (ii) St. George plc, (iii) Berkeley Homes plc, (iv) St. James Group Ltd, (v) Berkeley First Ltd, (vi) Berkeley Commercial Development Ltd and (vii) Berkeley Strategic Land Ltd in a ministerial capacity since June 1997; and whether any officials in her Department held such meetings.
(147931)
68
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what planning guidelines she plans to issue to local authorities on the effect of the climate change targets for 2010 on planning applications for industrial development.
(148023)
69
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many non-decent homes there are in (a) Essex and (b) the London Borough of Havering.
(147960)
70
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many vulnerable households in non-decent homes there are in Essex.
(147961)
71
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to increase the supply of rural housing.
(147962)
72
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.
(147963)
73
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 policy.
(147964)
74
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that private build houses meet the same standards as those completed by housing associations.
(147965)
75
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been spent on the Supporting People programme in each year since its inception.
(147966)
76
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding has been allocated to Communities England for (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10.
(147967)
77
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what Government affordable housing schemes administered by housing associations are in operation.
(147968)
78
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many community controlled housing associations there are in (a) England and (b) Essex.
(147969)
79
N
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of council houses which will be built in 2007-08.
(147864)
80
N
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans her Department has for the large scale resumption of building council houses; and if she will make a statement.
(147867)
81
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance her Department has issued to regional government offices and the Planning Inspectorate on the content of local authority core strategies for waste disposal.
(146784)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
82
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how his Department plans to discharge its commitment to review the premises licence fees charged by local authorities under the Gambling Act 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(148283)
83
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's estimate is of the average premises licence fee charged by local authorities under the Gambling Act 2005; and what the maximum fee level is.
(148284)
84
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected cost is of such projects commissioned or underway.
(148017)
85
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list his Department's responsibilities with regard to the 2012 Olympics.
(147850)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
86
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 125W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, what the estimated replacement costs of military equipment damaged and destroyed owing to use in Iraq has been since the start of the war in Iraq (a) in total and (b) for (i) tanks and other armoured vehicles, (ii) aircraft and (iii) helicopters since 1st March 2004.
(147488)
87
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many former departmental staff are working in senior management positions with BAe Systems.
(148145)
88
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British troops are stationed in (a) Europe, (b) Africa, (c) the Middle East and (d) Asia.
(147489)
89
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what British military bases there are on the continent of Europe.
(147490)
90
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what budget was provided to each of the armed forces for recruitment purposes in each year since 1992.
(147491)
91
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the impact of the decision of the Ministry of Defence Police to cancel all non-mandatory staff overtime on (a) the security of military bases and (b) the capacity of his Department (i) to implement its anti-terrorism strategy and (ii) to meet its financial targets.
(148255)
92
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what was transported in the convoy which moved from AWE Burghfield to RAF Brize Norton on 11th June 2007; what the destination was of the transported goods; and what escorts for the convoy were in place.
(147953)
93
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, of which ministerial directions his Department has been notified since 22nd November 2006.
(148221)
94
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total expenditure was on Armed Forces accommodation in each year since 1997.
(148228)
95
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many instances there were of spare parts lost in transit during financial year 2006-07; and what the value was of each loss.
(148229)
96
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) original cost estimate was and (b) current cost estimate is of Project MoDEL.
(148230)
97
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of personnel in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force exceeded their separated service guidelines in the last period for which figures are available.
(148231)
98
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current percentage shortfalls are for each pinch point trade in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force.
(148232)
99
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what responsibility his Department has for the healthcare of service personnel ill or injured (a) due to duties and (b) due to incidents unrelated to duties.
(148233)
100
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total expenditure was on the Territorial Army in each year since 1997.
(148234)
101
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total expenditure was on the procurement and maintenance of armoured vehicles in each year since 1997.
(148235)
102
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of the (a) Armed Forces, (b) Army, (c) Royal Navy and (d) RAF (i) were deployed on operations in 1997 and (ii) are deployed on operations currently.
(148236)
103
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost was of the events of Veterans Day 2007.
(148237)
104
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service family accommodation properties in (a) Cyprus, (b) Gibraltar and (c) Germany are at standard (i) 1, (ii) 2, (iii) 3 and (iv) 4.
(148238)
105
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many single living accommodation properties for service personnel in (a) Cyprus, (b) Gibraltar and (c) Germany are of standard (i) 1, (ii) 2, (iii) 3 and (iv) 4.
(148239)
106
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reservists are deployed on overseas operations, broken down by deployment location.
(148263)
107
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many casualty admissions there have been to (a) Selly Oak, (b) Rammstein and (c) other Ministry of Defence medical facilities from (i) Operation TELIC, (ii) Operation HERRICK and (iii) other theatres in each year since 1997.
(148264)
108
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the Future Aircraft Carrier Programme to gain main gate approval.
(148267)
109
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the Future Rapid Effect System to enter service.
(148268)
110
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) lowest and (b) average percentage spend was of procurement projects in each category (i) A, (ii) B, (iii) C, (iv) D and (v) all categories in the financial year 2006-07.
(148269)
111
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times a (a) C17A Globemaster, (b) Hercules C-130K, (c) Hercules C-130J, (d) Tristar, (e) VC-10 and (f) Nimrod MR2 has been cannibalised for spare parts.
(148270)
112
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times each helicopter type in the (a) Army Air Corps, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force was cannibalised in each of the past 12 months.
(148271)
113
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) requirement and (b) percentage of required personnnel in post is in the medical corps of the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Navy and (iii) Royal Air Force.
(148272)
114
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) psychologists, (b) psychiatrists, (c) mental health nurses and (d) occupational therapists each service employed in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007.
(148273)
115
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) lowest and (b) average period of time between operational tours was for each army infantry battalion over the last three years.
(148278)
116
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) assessed requirement and (b) numbers of personnel in post is for each army infantry battalion.
(148279)
117
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8th May 2007, Official Report, column 61W, on departments: private finance initiative, when each preferred bidder was selected.
(148280)
118
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel were reported as absent without leave in each (a) month and (b) year between January 1997 and December 2003.
(147937)
119
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many calls received by Modern Housing Solutions were subsequently passed to Transco in each of the last 12 months.
(147938)
120
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether UK armed forces personnel will be taking part in the Nijmegen Marches in 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(148130)
121
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected cost is of such projects commissioned or underway.
(148028)
122
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will request publication of the contents of the Devon and Cornwall Police review into Surrey Police's handling of the investigation into the deaths at Deepcut Army Barracks; and if he will make a statement.
(148013)
123
N
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions officials in his Department have had with Essex Local Education Authority on the proposed closure of the Alderman Blaxill School in Colchester; and if he will make a statement.
(147865)
124
N
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions officials in his Department have had with Essex Local Education Authority on the involvement of the Ministry of Defence in the establishment of a city academy in Colchester; and if he will make a statement.
(147866)
125
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many complaints about noise caused by explosions at Shoeburyness were received from residents living in (a) Maldon District, (b) Chelmsford Borough, (c) Rochford District, (d) Colchester Borough, (e) Tendring District, (f) Southend on Sea, (g) Castlepoint District and (h) Kent in each year since 1995.
(148150)
126
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many awards of compensation were paid for damage to property caused by explosions at Shoeburyness to residents living in (a) Maldon District, (b) Chelmsford Borough, (c) Rochford District, (d) Colchester Borough, (e) Tendring District, (f) Southend on Sea, (g) Castlepoint District and (h) Kent in each year since 1995.
(148151)
127
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many claims for compensation were received for damage to property caused by explosions at Shoeburyness from residents living in (a) Maldon District, (b) Chelmsford Borough, (c) Rochford District, (d) Colchester Borough, (e) Tendring District, (f) Southend on Sea, (g) Castlepoint District and (h) Kent in each year since 1995.
(148152)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
128
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the contribution of energy supply companies to energy efficiency.
(147651)
129
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of claimants still awaiting payment under the 2005 Single Farm Payment scheme in (a) England, (b) Gloucestershire and (c) Forest of Dean.
(148276)
130
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2006, Official Report, column 307W, on the Rural Payments Agency, when he will make the analysis available.
(148277)
131
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected cost is of such projects commissioned or underway.
(148025)
132
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the criteria are for awarding monies under the small scale small business recovery scheme for flooded areas; to which areas the scheme will apply; and if he will make a statement.
(148281)
133
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice his Department has given on the content of core strategies for waste disposal and waste treatment.
(146785)
134
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether a partnership body has been established to coordinate work between the Forestry Strategy and the Biodiversity Action Plan.
(148093)
135
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether a system is in place to monitor the conservation of ancient woodlands.
(148094)
136
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice, training and support are available to local and small woodland businesses.
(148104)
137
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much timber was harvested in England in each of the last five years.
(148124)
138
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of the UK's timber needs are met by imported material.
(148125)
139
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the proportion of timber produced in England that is used for the manufacture of (a) paper, (b) chipboard and (c) other building materials.
(148126)
140
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to bring forward measures to require timber procured for use in the (a) public and (b) private sector to come from sustainable sources.
(148127)
141
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of the Government's (a) domestic and (b) imported timber supplies are procured from sustainable sources.
(148128)
142
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what programmes are in place to replace areas of woodland lost to development with new areas of planting.
(148129)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
143
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will consider further the merits of releasing into the public domain the draft of the September 2002 dossier on Iraq written by John Williams.
(147785)
144
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations have been made by the Government on the progress of the treason trials in Ethiopia; and if he will make a statement.
(148182)
145
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he is taking to urge the Burmese military regime to permit unhindered access to prisons in Burma by the International Committee of the Red Cross.
(147984)
146
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what action he is taking to urge the Burmese military regime to re-open the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross.
(147985)
147
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the (a) Sudanese Liberation Movement and (b) Justice and Equality Movement on seeking peace in Darfur.
(147973)
148
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on the holding of a referendum on the proposed EU Constitutional Treaty.
(148177)
149
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the differences are between the original planned EU Constitution in 2005 and the new proposed EU Constitutional Treaty 2007.
(148178)
150
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Portuguese counterpart on the EU Constitutional Treaty.
(148179)
151
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, in which areas he expects qualified majority voting to replace unanimity under the new European Constitutional Treaty.
(148188)
152
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans there are at EU level to provide a unified approach to laws on succession and wills, with particular reference to proposals emanating from the Commission's Green Paper thereon; and if he will make a statement.
(148242)
153
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage implementation of the United Nations Human Rights Council recommendations published following the Group of Experts report on Darfur; and if he will make a statement.
(148294)
154
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected cost is of such projects commissioned or underway.
(148019)
155
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to publish a record of his activities on the Department's website; what estimate he has made of the (a) cost and (b) staff time involved; and if he will make a statement.
(148207)
156
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects Ms Vanessa Ann Marie Brown, date of birth 17th May 1979, of Jamaica to receive student entry clearance arising from her successful appeal in February (Appeal No. OA/36531/2006); what the reasons are for the delay; and what procedure is used to inform posts abroad when an appeal has been upheld.
(147726)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
157
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the impact of the morning-after pill on the overall abortion rate in England; and if he will make a statement.
(148067)
158
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which organisations in the field of reproductive health are funded by his Department; how much his Department plans to give to each organisation in the next two years; whether account is taken of an organisation's position on abortion when allocating public funds; and if he will make a statement.
(148068)
159
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions have been performed under the Abortion Act 1967, as amended by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990; and how many and what percentage were performed (a) to save the life of the mother and (b) where the child would have been seriously disabled.
(148069)
160
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women seeking an abortion in England gave addresses in (a) Northern Ireland, (b) the Republic of Ireland, (c) Israel, (d) Malta and (e) Poland in 2006.
(148070)
161
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which 10 primary care organisations had the (a) highest and (b) lowest abortion rates in England per 1,000 women aged 15 to 44 years in 2006.
(148105)
162
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department (a) has undertaken and (b) plans to undertake into the reasons for trends in the abortion rate in England between 2005 and 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(148106)
163
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the most recent abortion rate was per 1,000 women aged (a) 19, (b) 18, (c) 17, (d) 16, (e) 15, (f) 14 and (g) under 14 years in the UK; and what forecast he has made of the rate in each of the next 20 years.
(148107)
164
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions were carried out at each week of gestation between 18 and 32 weeks in 2006; what the (a) age of mother, (b) residency of mother, (c) grounds for abortion, (d) marital status of mother, (e) number of previous children and (f) number of previous abortions were in each case; and how many and what percentage of those abortions were performed in the (i) public and (ii) private sector.
(148108)
165
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the (a) reference numbers and (b) titles of (i) statutory instruments, (ii) departmental circulars and (iii) other documents distributed direct to (A) primary care trusts and (B) strategic health authorities consequential to the provisions of the Abortion Act 1967 and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 since 2005; what action was required in respect of each; and what further documents in these categories he plans to circulate in the next 12 months.
(148298)
166
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women in (a) Essex Strategic Health Authority and (b) England and Wales had an abortion in 2006 who had already had (i) one, (ii) two, (iii) three, (iv) four and (v) five previous abortions.
(148299)
167
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21st June 2007, Official Report, column 2148W, on cardiovascular system: diseases, which recommendations made to officials considering the new National Stroke Strategy are of relevance to the prevention and management of peripheral arterial disease.
(147952)
168
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to meet patient groups representing those diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease.
(148046)
169
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what programmes are (a) planned and (b) in place to raise awareness of peripheral arterial disease with (i) the public and (ii) health professionals.
(148087)
170
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease in England.
(148088)
171
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has any plans to assess the effectiveness of using the ankle brachial pressure index as a means of assessing vascular disease risk.
(148089)
172
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued to primary care trusts on the management of peripheral arterial disease.
(148090)
173
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease in the last (a) 12 months, (b) five years and (c) year for which figures are available.
(148091)
174
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average annual cost is of treating a patient with (a) HIV and (b) tuberculosis.
(148258)
175
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the annual cost of treating foreign nationals who are not entitled to NHS care.
(148259)
176
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he or his predecessor has received any requests from primary care trusts for extra funding to cover patient translation costs.
(148260)
177
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to set health-related alcohol targets.
(147979)
178
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to incorporate alcohol monitoring in the Quality and Outcomes Framework.
(147980)
179
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to increase the availability of alcohol misuse services.
(147981)
180
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the impact of the changes in distribution of Pfizer medicines on NHS patients.
(147982)
181
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children attended emergency departments as a result of excessive alcohol consumption in each of the last five years.
(147983)
182
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many units of (a) dental and (b) orthodontic activity were unused in the last period for which figures were available, broken down by NHS trust.
(148131)
183
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with the National Audit Office on its draft report on the private finance initiative.
(148132)
184
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist (a) stoma, (b) diabetes, (c) kidney, (d) Parkinson's disease and (e) cancer nurses were employed in each of the last five years, broken down by NHS trust.
(148133)
185
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he intends to refer Dasatinib, a drug for the treatment of chronic myeloid leukaemia, to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to seek its approval.
(147933)
186
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the Gateway Approval (ref 7698) concerning consent for a dental screening epidemiological survey for school children was issued; for what reasons the practice of negative permission was discontinued; and what other tests on children are subject to negative permission consents.
(147954)
187
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what scientific evidence is available to support the existence of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder for which Ritalin and psychiatric drugs are prescribed.
(148011)
188
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th May 2007, Official Report, column 623W, on psychiatry: drugs, how his Department measured the efficacy of the use of Prozac on children; what baseline was used; and what scientific methodology was employed.
(148193)
189
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the planned capital expenditure for the NHS in 2007-08 was in the (a) 2006 and (b) 2007 Budget; and what the reasons are for the difference between the two figures.
(147926)
190
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS patients were treated at the Royal London Homeopathic Hospital in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(147929)
191
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to review and access the provision of water in schools following his Department's Food in Schools Water Provision project.
(148032)
192
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the proposal in the European Commission's White Paper on Nutrition, Overweight and Obesity to reformulate food and drink products to combat obesity; and if he will make a statement.
(148035)
193
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding is being provided for research into photodynamic therapy.
(148036)
194
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of dehydration on children of school age; and if he will make a statement.
(148039)
195
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on the (a) provision of water in schools and (b) effect of dehydration on mental performance.
(148040)
196
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the role of (a) fruit juices and (b) smoothies in tackling childhood obesity.
(148043)
197
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland are waiting for a hearing aid; and what the average waiting time is for such provision.
(148044)
198
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice and guidance he has issued on the consumption of different foods and drinks to tackle obesity.
(148045)
199
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS hospitals in the UK offer photodynamic therapy as a treatment for cancer; and what assessment the NHS has made of the effectiveness of this therapy.
(148049)
200
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what conditions photodynamic therapy is used to treat through the NHS; and what assessment he has made of the relative value for money of photodynamic therapy.
(148050)
201
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected cost is of such projects commissioned or underway.
(148024)
202
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialty training posts will be available in Round 2; and how many of those are (a) run-through training posts and (b) fixed-term specialist training appointments.
(147823)
203
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many junior doctors from the Foundation Year 2 cohort have not (a) received and (b) accepted offers of training places in Round 1.
(147824)
204
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of posts have been filled by junior doctors in Round 1, broken down by (a) specialty and (b) level.
(147825)
205
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will create further specialty training posts for autumn 2007 beyond the 215 extra specialty training posts already announced.
(147826)
206
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether junior doctors who failed to obtain a run-through training post this year will be able to apply for them in subsequent years.
(147827)
207
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in what circumstances NHS trusts are required to provide relocation assistance to junior doctors transferring substantial distances for specialty training.
(147936)
208
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis was for the statement by the hon. Member for Leigh of 26th June 2007, Official Report, column 160, on GP out-of-hours services, that the GP out-of-hours service was close to collapse in 1997.
(147974)
209
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the relative needs formula component of the formula grant for local authorities is determined; when it was last reviewed; which variables are included in the formula; who determines the formula; and if he will make a statement.
(148141)
210
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to reduce the number of attacks on (a) NHS and (b) social care staff who are working in the community.
(148142)
211
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for the Home Department on strengthening criminal penalties for those who attack (a) NHS and (b) social care staff.
(148143)
212
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the requests made to his Department under the (a) Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000 and (b) Environmental Information regulations in the last six months; and what the (i) FOI case reference number, (ii) request summary, (iii) request outcome and (iv) reason for exemption, where appropriate, was in each case.
(148144)
213
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21st June 2007, Official Report, column 2199W, on United Health Group, in which salary band Mr Channing Wheeler's salary falls; whether his employment contract allows for performance bonuses; and what period the contract covers.
(147830)
214
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 230W, on blood: contamination, what (a) written and (b) verbal communications his Department has had with the UK Haemophilia Centre Directors Organisation to date on the inquiry chaired by Lord Archer into contaminated blood and blood products; and if he will make a statement.
(147951)
215
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to reply to the letter of 29th May from the hon. Member for Walsall North concerning a constituent (ref PO213931).
(147727)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
216
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make a statement on progress with the national identity card scheme.
(148012)
217
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many qualified medical doctors have been granted permission to remain in the United Kingdom under the Fresh Talent scheme following qualification under an HND, degree level or Masters or Doctoral course in England and Wales.
(147940)
218
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has (a) asked for and (b) received any estimate of the total cost of providing translation facilities in police stations for people being interviewed.
(148262)
219
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she next expects to visit Bournemouth on official business.
(148194)
220
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been prosecuted for manufacturing methylamphetamine in the past five years; and how many such cases involved the use of over-the-counter medicines for this purpose.
(148034)
221
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which her Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected cost is of such projects commissioned or underway.
(148029)
222
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to reply to the letter dated 29th May 2007 from the hon. Member for Woking on Mrs A Day, ref. B14852/7.
(147828)
223
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to reply to letters from the hon. Member for Woking dated 26th February, 30th March and 8th June concerning Mr Lika, ref LR1918010943/1.
(147829)
224
N
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were convicted of so-called honour killings in each of the last 10 years, broken down by nationality.
(147445)
225
N
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) arrests and (b) convictions for so-called honour killings there were in each of the last 10 years.
(147446)
226
N
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what strategy her Department has in place to tackle so-called honour killings; and how long it has been in existence.
(147447)
227
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department provides to police on limiting access of the media to information on the removal of material as evidence during the evidence-gathering phase of a police investigation to protect the rights of an accused person.
(147970)
228
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to reply to the letter of 30th May from the hon. Member for Walsall North (ref M11832/7).
(147724)
229
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to reply to the letter of 30th May from the hon. Member for Walsall North (ref M11719/7).
(147725)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
230
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what progress has been made on the UK/India intellectual property rights programme since its signing in 2004.
[R] (147639)
231
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what total amount of compensation claims was made against public bodies for which his Department is responsible in the last 12 months; and if he will list the 10 highest such claims, identifying the nature of each case.
(148185)
232
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many EU domiciled undergraduate students are expected to begin courses at higher education institutions in 2006.
(148186)
233
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps he is taking to promote fair access to higher education.
(148187)
234
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what measures the Government has introduced to ensure repayment of student loans by EU domiciled students.
(148192)
235
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will make a statement on the role of his Department in the prison sector.
(148199)
236
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will make a statement on the role of his Department in providing training for end-of-service military personnel.
(148201)
237
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will make a statement on his policy on positive discrimination.
(148202)
238
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which 10 sectors of employment have the greatest acknowledged skills excess; and if he will estimate the level of unemployment in each sector.
(148203)
239
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which 10 sectors of employment have the greatest acknowledged skills shortage; and what the manpower shortfall is in each case.
(148204)
240
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which 10 employment sectors employ the largest number of foreign skilled labourers in the UK; and from which 10 countries the greatest numbers of such workers come to the UK.
(148205)
241
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will make a statement on his policy on support for minority groups within his Department.
(148206)
242
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the average unit cost of providing apprenticeship training is in each region.
(148210)
243
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which 10 (a) companies and (b) trades have provided the largest number of apprenticeships.
(148211)
244
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will list the European Community committees and working groups for which his Department will be responsible.
(148213)
245
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will make a statement on the agenda of the next Council of Ministers which he will be attending.
(148214)
246
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many non-UK nationals are undertaking vocational training at UK Government expense.
(148215)
247
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the variable unit cost is of providing an (a) level one and (b) level two apprenticeship course.
(148216)
248
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will list the (a) national and (b) European court cases since 1997 whose judgements have required a change in policy by his Department.
(148217)
249
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will list the draft legislation under discussion at EU level pertaining to his Department; and what the current status is of each item.
(148218)
250
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will make it his policy to encourage colleagues with postdoctoral titles to employ them in public as an encouragement to learning.
(148220)
251
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many apprenticeships were not completed in the last year for which figures were available; what the principal categories of reasons for non-completion were; what percentage of cases fell within each category; and what total financial cost was associated with non-completion of apprenticeships.
(148226)
252
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the total costs associated with the division of (a) staff, (b) office space, (c) office equipment and (d) furnishings are expected to be as a consequence of the division of the Department for Education and Skills.
(148227)
253
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what additional student numbers were awarded for (a) foundation degrees and (b) honours degrees in each of the last five years, broken down by educational institution.
(147932)
254
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time students who (i) applied and (ii) were accepted for (A) honours degrees, (B) foundation degrees and (C) HNDs were aged (1) 18, (2) 19, (3) 20, (4) 21 to 24, (5) 25 to 30 and (6) over 30 years of age in each year since 1997, broken down by socioeconomic group.
(148117)
255
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what percentage of students from (a) Asian Bangladeshi, (b) Asian Chinese, (c) Asian Indian, (d) Asian Pakistani, (e) other Asian, (f) Black African, (g) Black Caribbean, (h) Other Black, (i) White and (j) other ethnic backgrounds received (i) a first class, (ii) an upper second, (iii) a lower second, (iv) a third class, (v) another pass and (vi) a fail in undergraduate honours degrees in each year since 1997.
(148118)
256
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what percentage of students from (a) Asian Bangladeshi, (b) Asian Chinese, (c) Asian Indian, (d) Asian Pakistani, (e) other Asian, (f) Black African, (g) Black Caribbean, (h) Other Black, (i) White and (j) other ethnic backgrounds (i) applied and (ii) were accepted for (A) full-time and (b) part-time first undergraduate honours degrees in each year since 1997.
(148119)
257
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what percentage of students from (a) Asian Bangladeshi, (b) Asian Chinese, (c) Asian Indian, (d) Asian Pakistani, (e) other Asian, (f) Black African, (g) Black Caribbean, (h) Other Black, (i) White and (j) other ethnic backgrounds (i) applied and (ii) were accepted for (A) foundation degrees, (B) undergraduate honours degrees and (C) HNDs in each year since 1997.
(148120)
258
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the non-completion rates were for (a) female full-time students studying for first degrees, (b) female part-time students and (c) male full-time students studying for first degrees, broken down by qualification on entry in the last period for which figures are available.
(148121)
259
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what percentage of students applied to study (a) physics, (b) chemistry, (c) mathematics, (d) modern languages, (e) English, (f) history and (g) psychology at (i) Oxford, (ii) Cambridge and (iii) Russell group universities from each category of socioeconomic background in the last period for which figures are available.
(148123)
260
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what percentage of people aged (a) 18, (b) 19, (c) 20, (d) 21 to 24, (e) 25 to 30 and (f) over 30 years old from each socio-economic group were in higher education in each year since 1997.
(148161)
261
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what percentage of pupils from (a) independent, (b) maintained and (c) grammar schools received a grade A in both mathematics and further mathematics in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(148162)
262
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what percentage of pupils from (a) independent, (b) maintained and (c) grammar schools received a grade A in both mathematics and physics in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(148163)
263
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, whether his Department is responsible for AimHigher and other Widening Participation activities in schools; and how he plans to ensure that schools and universities continue to work together to improve access to higher education.
(148275)
264
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected cost is of such projects commissioned or underway.
(148014)
265
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what discussions (a) his Department and (b) the Learning and Skills Council has had in the last 12 months with other public bodies in each region of England regarding such bodies contributing funding for English for Speakers of Other Languages courses in (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09 and (iii) 2009-10; and if he will make a statement.
(144054)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
266
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether there are any plans to review British aid to Ethiopia with a view to enhancing the programme when the treason trials are completed and the civil society activists detained are freed; and if he will make a statement.
(148183)
267
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how UK funds previously directed through the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in Burma are being allocated since the closure of ICRC offices in Burma.
(147986)
268
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many bids have been received for the Governance and Transparency Fund.
(148164)
269
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total value is of the combined bids for the Governance and Transparency Fund.
(148165)
270
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many UK based organisations have bid for funding from the Governance and Transparency Fund.
(148166)
271
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total monetary value is of bids for the Governance and Transparency Fund made by EU-based organisations excluding the UK.
(148167)
272
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much of the Governance and Transparency Fund is expected to be released in year 1.
(148168)
273
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total monetary value is of bids for the Governance and Transparency Fund made by non-EU organisations.
(148169)
274
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the total monetary value is of bids for the Governance and Transparency Fund made by UK-based organisations.
(148170)
275
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he expects to announce which organisations were successful in their applications for funding from the Governance and Transparency Fund.
(148171)
276
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many non-EU organisations bid for money from the Governance and Transparency Fund.
(148172)
277
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many EU based organisations bid for funding from the Governance and Transparency Fund, excluding the UK.
(148173)
278
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many successful applicants there have been for funding from the Governance and Transparency Fund; and how much funding has been awarded to each organisations.
(148175)
279
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the estimated cost is of administration of the funding distribution mechanism of the Governance and Transparency Fund; and from which budget that funding comes.
(148176)
280
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the long-term support needed for the provision of psychosocial care for victims of torture and sexual violence in Darfur.
(148292)
281
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government has taken to support the provision of psychosocial care for victims of torture and sexual violence in Darfur.
(148293)
282
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on progress in reconstruction in Sri Lanka following the 2004 tsunami.
(147971)
283
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the situation caused by the cyclone in the Balochistan province of Pakistan; and what assistance his Department is making available to the people affected.
(147723)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
284
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer to Question 147127, on the Huntercombe Young Offender Institution, how the use of PAVA is regulated; what restrictions there are on the use of PAVA; what criteria are taken into account in deciding to use PAVA; who is authorised to make decisions on the use of PAVA; whether exposure to PAVA has lasting physical effects; and if he will make a statement.
(148071)
285
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd July 2007, Official Report, columns 912-3W, on prisoners: facilities, what sanitary facilities exist within the custody area of court cells.
(147975)
286
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd July 2007, Official Report, columns 912-3W, on prisoners: facilities, how many prisoners categorised as vulnerable have been held in police and court cells since January 2006.
(147976)
287
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been held in (a) court cells and (b) police cells for two or more successive nights over the last 12 months.
(148053)
288
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, through which bodies food is provided to prisoners housed in police and court cells.
(148054)
289
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have spent their first night in custody in a police or court cell since January 2006; and (a) where, (b) by whom and (c) at what point in custody such prisoners' (i) drug treatment, (ii) detoxification and (iii) wider health needs were assessed.
(148055)
290
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many defendants who have appeared before (a) a Crown court and (b) the magistrates' courts in Birmingham since 1st May 2007 have been remanded overnight in court cells in London; how many were (i) adult males, (ii) adult females, (iii) males between 18 and 21 years and (iv) females between 18 and 21 years; where those defendants were remanded; when they were remanded; on how many occasions defendants were remanded; and whether those so remanded had access to drug, physical and mental health staff, showers and a change of clothing before reappearing in court each following day.
(148297)
291
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time was between the first hearing after charge in the magistrates' court and the date when magistrates committed a case for trial at the Crown court in the last 12 months.
(147955)
292
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of cases listed for a committal hearing at magistrates' courts were not effective and adjourned to another day in the last 12 months.
(147956)
293
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in how many adjourned committal hearings adjournment was sought by the (a) prosecution and (b) defence in the last 12 months.
(147957)
294
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, in how many cases adjournment was sought in committal hearings because papers for the committal were prosecution papers not ready to be presented to the court in the last 12 months.
(147958)
295
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the average cost of an adjourned committal hearing.
(147959)
296
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has made an estimate of the cost to (a) defendants, (b) their employers and (c) others involved besides the Court and the prosecution of non-effective committal hearings.
(148022)
297
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected cost is of such projects commissioned or underway.
(148030)
298
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the purpose was of the ceremony he attended at the High Court on 4th July; what undertakings he gave; what oaths he swore; and if he will make a statement.
(147831)
299
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of the staff seconded from his Department to the Judicial Appointments Commission are of (a) senior leadership, (b) policy and (c) administrative support grades; whether staff who have been seconded to the Judicial Appointments Commission from his Department have maintained the same line management relationships with their existing managers; whether staff who have been seconded to the Judicial Appointments Commission from his Department may receive performance-related bonuses; what assessment he has made of the performance of the Judicial Appointments Commission; and if he will make a statement.
(147977)
300
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of deaths reported to coroners resulted in an order for a post-mortem examination in each year since 1997, broken down by coroner's region; and if he will make a statement.
(148245)
301
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many coroner's regions were allocated part-time coroners in each year since 1997; how many were without a fully qualified coroner for part of the period between 1997 and 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(148246)
302
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of deaths were reported to a coroner in each year since 1997, broken down by coroner's region; and if he will make a statement.
(148247)
303
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of deaths reported to coroners were the subject of an inquest in (a) each coroner's region and (b) England and Wales in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(148256)
Questions to the Leader of the House
304
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Leader of the House, what plans she has to establish an oral question time for the Minister for the Olympics and London to answer Questions on her responsibilities.
(147941)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
305
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what recent measures have been put in place to protect police officers from assault.
(148056)
306
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps have been taken to reduce the incidence of criminal damage in Northern Ireland.
(148057)
307
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many rapes have been committed by individuals under the age of 17 years in Northern Ireland in the last 10 years.
(148058)
308
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many incidents of assault or abuse of police officers were reported in Northern Ireland in each of the last five years; how many such incidents involved the use of knives; and what steps are being taken to reduce such incidents.
(148059)
309
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken to combat illegal drug use in Northern Ireland.
(148060)
310
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what resources his Department has made available for the education of women on how to protect themselves from rape.
(148061)
311
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures are in place to communicate crime prevention advice to the public in Northern Ireland.
(148062)
312
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps have been taken to improve the facilities in prisons for prisoners with mental health problems.
(148063)
313
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps have been taken to (a) maintain and (b) increase staffing levels in prisons in Northern Ireland.
(148064)
314
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures are in place to improve the rate of literacy amongst prisoners; and what other measures are in place to increase the prospects of a prisoner obtaining employment on release from prison.
(148065)
315
Mark Durkan (Foyle):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what measures are in place to protect young children from sex offenders in Northern Ireland.
(148066)
316
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected cost is of such projects commissioned or underway.
(148018)
Questions to the Prime Minister
317
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Prime Minister, which Ministers are unpaid; and if he will estimate the cost to the public purse of the provision of facilities for them to carry out their ministerial duties.
(147822)
318
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Prime Minister, what the projected cost is of re-organising the Department of Education and Skills.
(148212)
319
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Prime Minister, how many (a) O levels, (b) A levels, (c) bachelor's degrees, (d) apprenticeship qualifications and (e) higher degrees are held by members of the Cabinet.
(148219)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
320
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what procedures he will adopt to determine how to prioritise his responsibilities as Secretary of State for Scotland against his other ministerial responsibilities.
(147786)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
321
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which local authority major transport schemes have departmental approval; whether each scheme has (a) full and (b) provisional approval; what the scheduled date for (i) start and (ii) completion of construction is; and what the capital cost of each such scheme is estimated to be.
(148146)
322
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the scheduled date for (a) start and (b) completion of construction is for each scheme in the Highways Agency's Targeted Programme for Improvements.
(148147)
323
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate she has made of the cost of local road repairs identified as repaired; and whether the Government is on track to meet its target of completing such repairs by 2010.
(148148)
324
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Government is on track to achieve its target of delivering (a) 100 new bypasses on trunk and local roads and (b) 130 major local road schemes by 2010; and what the (i) construction costs, (ii) scheduled date for start of construction, (iii) expected completion date and (iv) current status as at 1st April 2007 was for each existing scheme.
(148149)
325
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the merits of (a) selective catalytic reduction and (b) exhaust gas recirculation technologies as measures to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from vehicles.
(148041)
326
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps her Department is taking to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions from vehicles.
(148042)
327
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which her Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected cost is of such projects commissioned or underway.
(148021)
328
N
Geraldine Smith (Morecambe & Lunesdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which routes Lancashire County Council submitted to the Government in July 2005 as part of the County Council's major business case for the Heysham to M6 link.
(147897)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
329
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what discussions he has had with the First Minister on monies from Objective I funds returned to the Welsh Assembly Government by Welsh local authorities; and what consideration he has given to adding the returned funds to the Convergence Fund.
(147944)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
330
N
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what discussions she has had with ministerial colleagues on initiatives to support women who are breastfeeding; and if she will make a statement.
(147868)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
331
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will bring forward proposals to make public liability insurance a legal requirement for Corgi-registered gas installers.
(148180)
332
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 25th June 2007 to the hon. Member for Birkenhead, Official Report, columns 450W and 455W, on children: poverty, if he will give the equivalent data for the North East region in each case.
(148208)
333
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will assess the implications for employment policy of the report by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University on the real level of unemployment.
(147942)
334
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the numbers of people both looking for work and available for work who are not claiming either unemployment or incapacity benefit.
(147943)
335
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people registered for disability benefit on the grounds of having epilepsy in each of the last five years.
(148257)
336
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the amount his Department has spent (a) on translating documents and (b) translating websites into other languages.
(148261)
337
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Child Support Agency cases involved committal proceedings in each of the last five years.
(147934)
338
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) liability orders, (b) county court orders, (c) third party debt orders and (d) property charging orders were secured by the Child Support Agency in each of the last five years.
(147935)
339
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 477W, on jobseeker's allowance (JSA), what proportion of JSA claimants have partners in each category.
(147788)
340
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make it his policy to introduce (a) a measure of severe poverty and (b) a severe child poverty action plan; and if he will make a statement.
(148295)
341
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on progress towards meeting the 2010 target of halving child poverty.
(148296)
342
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the total cost is of all private finance initiative projects for which his Department has responsibility completed since 1997; and what the projected cost is of such projects commissioned or underway.
(148027)
343
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people eligible for initial payments, and whose pension scheme trustees have applied for initial payments, received such payments in each month since the scheme began operating; and if he will make a statement.
(148248)
344
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people over the age of 65 years have died whilst their pension scheme has been going through (a) the qualification process for the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) and (b) the qualification process to receive initial payments under the FAS; and if he will make a statement.
(148249)
345
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average processing time for pension schemes applying to qualify for initial payments was under the Financial Assistance Scheme for each month since the scheme began operating; and if he will make a statement.
(148250)
346
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average processing time was for pension schemes applying to qualify for assistance under the Financial Assistance Scheme in each month since the scheme began operating; and if he will make a statement.
(148251)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
347
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the average estimated cost of an employment tribunal case is to (a) an employee, (b) an employer and (c) the state.
[Transferred] (148095)
348
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many whistleblowers in the public services have sought redress from their employer using the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.
[Transferred] (147950)
349
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps he plans to take to improve UK productivity over the next 12 months.
[Question Unstarred] (147652)
350
N
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many voluntary and compulsory closures of post offices he expects there to be over the next two years.
[Question Unstarred] (147649)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
351
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools were built or refurbished outside the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme in each year since the start of the BSF programme.
[Transferred] (148138)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
352
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on governmental relations with Hamas if its policy towards Israel does not change; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (148189)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
353
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 27th June 2007, Official Report, column 324, on the NHS, what the (a) type and (b) location is of each of the 26 different facilities and schemes; when each opened; on what timescale £1.7 billion was invested; and (i) where and (ii) when new staff were provided.
[Transferred] (147972)
354
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent steps he has taken to prevent the sale of over-the-counter medicines for the manufacture of methylamphetamine; and what assessment he has made of whether the classification of medicines containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine as pharmacy available plays a role in the illegal manufacture of methylamphetamine.
[Transferred] (148031)
355
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the prevalence of the use of over-the-counter medicines to manufacture methylamphetamine.
[Transferred] (148033)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
356
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the evidential basis was for her comment on 1st July that the recent terrorist incidents in London and Glasgow were not related to United Kingdom policy in Iraq and Afghanistan.
[Transferred] (147939)
357
Mr John Hayes (South Holland & The Deepings):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which Departments are investigating proposals for use of identity card technology to combat fraud within the Department.
[Transferred] (148224)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
358
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's policy is on pre-nuptial agreements; and what representations his Department has received from the hon. Member for Grantham and Stamford on this issue.
[Transferred] (148102)
359
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department has made any assessment of the impact of pre-nuptial agreements on (a) low income and (b) vulnerable individuals.
[Transferred] (148103)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
360
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, which board positions were filled by Government Ministers on (a) the Olympic Board, (b) the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games, (c) the Olympic Delivery Authority and (d) Misc 25 as at 26th June; and which Ministers now fill such positions.
[Transferred] (147843)
361
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, which civil servants are responsible for the Government's London 2012 Olympics budget; how many civil servants work on the project; in which (a) departments and (b) directorates are based; and what mechanisms exist to co-ordinate the work with officials in the Cabinet Office and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
[Transferred] (147851)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
362
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what objections were lodged by statutory consultees to port applications in respect of (a) London Gateway, (b) Dibden Bay, (c) Liverpool and (d) Harwich; and which of these objections were withdrawn during the application process.
[Transferred] (148037)
363
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many objections from local residents and third parties were submitted in respect of port applications in respect of (a) London Gateway, (b) Dibden Bay, (c) Liverpool and (d) Harwich.
[Transferred] (148038)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
364
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the percentage of children living in poverty in (a) the UK, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland.
[Transferred] (148052)

 
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