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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 9 July 2007

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Monday 9 July 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 9 July 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 9 July of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Monday 9 July of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 9 July see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment his Department has made of the (a) financial and (b) other impacts of the implementation of the Waste Electronic and Electrical Equipment Regulations and the necessary registration to Valpak on smaller retailers.
(148822)
2
N
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many applications have been received for round 2 funding under the Union Modernisation Fund; and for each what the (a) applicant union, (b) project title and (c) amount of funding applied for was in each case.
(148352)
3
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what in-store facilities are being made available in Hampshire for customers to return white goods under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive; what his strategy is for increasing such facilities in the county; and if he will make a statement.
(148527)
4
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment the Minister for the South West has made of the regional strategy for the South West.
(148286)
5
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the priorities of the Minister for the South West are in 2007.
(148287)
6
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment his Department has made of the availability of mediation services for employment disputes; and whether his Department plans to increase that availability.
(148457)
7
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether guidance published by his Department on employment disputes contains information on local mediation services.
(148458)
8
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the average time for an employment dispute to be resolved was in the last 12 months.
(148459)
9
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he last met representatives of the recruitment industry.
(148460)
10
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what representations he has received in the last 12 months from representatives of the recruitment industry on the law on temporary and agency workers; and if he will make a statement.
(148461)
11
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which business leaders he and the former Secretary of State for Trade and Industry have met in the last 12 months to discuss family-friendly working practices.
(148463)
12
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what plans he has to encourage closer working between business and universities.
(148464)
13
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department is taking to enable consultees to respond to consultations electronically.
(148466)
14
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when his Department expects to bring forward proposals on the procedure to reform unfair dismissal employment disputes.
(148467)
15
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate his Department has made of the length of (a) paternity leave and (b) maternity leave taken by people from low income families in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(148696)
16
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate his Department has made of the number of people from low income families taking (a) paternity leave and (b) maternity leave in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(148697)
17
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what proportion of fathers eligible for paternity leave have taken paternity leave in the last 12 months; and what the average length of paternity leave was.
(148700)
18
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what proportion of mothers eligible for maternity leave have taken maternity leave in the last 12 months; and what the average length of maternity leave was.
(148701)
19
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether his Department holds figures on the number of employment disputes with (a) paternity leave and (b) maternity leave as a primary cause of action; and if he will make a statement.
(148708)
20
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the impact on small businesses of registration fees for the distributor take-back scheme of the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive.
(148743)
21
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether he has received representations opposing the producer compliance schemes requirement under the Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment Directive for all participants to be jointly and severally liable for other businesses within the scheme.
(148744)
22
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether he made an assessment of the (a) likely cost to and (b) other implications for small businesses of depositing Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment in a distributor collection facility; and the consequences for small businesses as a result.
(148745)
23
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether his Department has assessed the volume of (a) individual voluntary arrangements and (b) fast-track voluntary arrangements resulting from the implementation of the Enterprise Act 2002's insolvency provisions prior to its enactment.
(148746)
24
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the preliminary conclusions of the Insolvency Service's interim evaluation of the Enterprise Act 2002 were in respect of (a) post-bankruptcy individual voluntary arrangements and (b) fast-track voluntary arrangements.
(148747)
25
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he expects to publish the results of the Insolvency Service's evaluation of the Enterprise Act 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(148748)
26
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what his Department's responsibilities are for technology.
(148749)
27
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 136W, on the Warwick Manufacturing Group, whether the payments were intended to fund in whole or part the Warwick Manufacturing Group.
(148851)
28
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether the Government provides financial support to the Warwick Manufacturing Group; and if he will make a statement.
(148871)
29
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether children's agencies specialising in theatre, TV and modelling have to register with a Government department or other body.
(148727)
30
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many and what proportion of staff in his Department and its predecessor took early retirement in the last five years, broken down by grade; and at what cost.
(148742)
31
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which local area trading standard department brought the most actions for music piracy in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(148791)
32
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.
(148797)
33
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many free-to-use cash machines have been located in the poorest 10 per cent. of wards in the UK.
(148888)
34
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the annual cost was of the renewables obligation to the average household in 2006; and what the projected cost is of the obligation to the average household by 2010.
(148559)
35
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the increase has been in the overall committed spend figure under the domestic stream of the Low Carbon Buildings programme since its relaunch on 29th May; and what assessment he has made of the likely spend by summer 2008.
(148560)
36
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what his estimate is of the increase in renewable energy generation since the implementation of the Renewables Obligation; what the average cost has been per household (a) in total and (b) per kilowatt hour generated; and what estimate he has made of the cost of delivering the same increase through different feed in tariff mechanisms.
(148724)
37
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, with reference to his recent letter to the hon.Member for Birmingham, Selly Oak, how much of the £68 million taken from unspent funds in the Research Council was spent to meet expenditure on (a) the restructuring of British Energy, (b) meeting the shortfall in EU structural funds, (c) the collapse of MG Rover and (d) increased spend on the technology programme and space projects.
(148732)
38
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the value of UK (a) exports to and (b) imports from Taiwan was in each of the last five years.
(148362)
39
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the value of (a) UK investment in Taiwan and (b) Taiwan's investment in the UK was in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(148363)
40
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many local area plans for the closure of sub-post offices will be developed for consultation; and on what date each such plan will be published for consultation.
(148583)
41
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many people who retired from the coal industry due to ill health under the age of 50 years have been informed they are not eligible for concessionary coal.
(148719)
42
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many flights to overseas destinations were taken by employees of UK Trade and Investment in the last three calendar years; and what the total cost was of such flights.
(148355)
43
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate his Department has made of levels of employment in the UK renewable energy sector in each of the last five years.
(148428)
44
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much electricity installed photovoltaic generation has contributed to the UK electricity supply through the National Grid in each of the last five years.
(148429)
45
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much energy installed biomass generation has contributed to UK electricity supply through the National Grid in each of the last five years.
(148430)
46
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department including relevant campaigns commissioned by its predecessor in the last 12 months.
(148503)
47
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department and its predecessor in the last 12 months.
(148688)
48
Dr Alan Whitehead (Southampton, Test):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which vendors of nuclear reactor designs had submitted letters to the regulator's joint programme office by 30th June nominating the designs for which they intend to seek generic design assessment in the UK.
(148699)
49
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what plans his Department has to commission an independent strategic evaluation of all the options for exploiting tidal power in the Severn Estuary; and if he will make a statement.
(147987)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
50
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the report of the Crosby review of identity management to be published.
(148643)
51
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the percentage of average earnings growth in each month of financial year 2006-07 which was attributable to bonuses.
(148561)
52
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will (a) update the estimates given for the cost of capital gains tax business paper relief in 2001-02 and 2002-03 in his Tax Ready Reckoner November 2002 and (b) give an estimate for the years from 2003-04 to 2007-08.
(148562)
53
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people paid capital gains tax in each year since 1996-97.
(148563)
54
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, what estimate he has made of the number of people with annual incomes of (a) £10,000, (b) £10-£15,000, (c) £15-20,000 and (d) £20,000 and above whose income will be reduced by the abolition of the 10p income tax rate.
(147990)
55
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, what estimate he has made of the numbers of (a) single adults earning less than £18,500, (b) families with two earners whose tax rise is not met by tax credit changes, (c) women aged between 60 and 64 and (d) workers who have prematurely retired and do not qualify for the higher pensioner tax allowance whose income will be reduced by the abolition of the 10p income tax rate.
(148003)
56
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 of the three million taxpayers whose incomes will be reduced by the abolition of the 10p income tax rate and who will not gain from the cut in the basic rate of tax to 20p, will have their incomes reduced by (a) under £1, (b) between £1 and £3, (c) between £3 and £5 and (d) between £5 and £10 a week.
(148308)
57
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with which (a) Government departments and (b) local authorities HM Revenue and Customs shares (i) individual tax liability records and (ii) capital gains tax liability records.
(148872)
58
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the merits of (a) cross checking and (b) sharing (i) all tax liability records and (ii) capital gains tax liability records with those (A) Government departments and (B) local authorities for which such data would assist them with the efficient discharge of their responsibilities.
(148873)
59
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what rules govern the exchange and sharing of tax data and capital gains tax records with (a) officials in other Government departments and (b) officials in local authorities.
(148874)
60
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in how many deaths (a) clostridium difficile, (b) MRSA and (c) acinetobacter has been reported as (i) contributing to and (ii) causing death.
(148479)
61
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many mothers are in employment.
(148462)
62
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Office of Government Commerce holds a framework agreement with Quality Health Ltd.
(148867)
63
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, 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) where appropriate, reason for exemption was in each case.
(148869)
64
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimates he has made of the reduction in the accrued liability for public service pensions if mandatory retirement ages were abolished.
(148707)
65
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.
(148804)
66
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many of his staff took early retirement in the last five years; at what cost; what grades of staff took early retirement; and what percentage of each grade took early retirement.
(148809)
67
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.
(148506)
68
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the technical issues are which are affecting tax credit IT systems entitlement calculations.
(148690)
69
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the financial value was to the agricultural industry of the Agricultural Building Tax relief in the years between 2000 and 2006.
(147989)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
70
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether parents will need to demonstrate that (a) they are registered disabled and (b) that they have been assessed for a certain level of community care services for home to school transport to be provided to their children, with reference to sections 87 and 88 of his Department's guidance on home to school travel and transport.
(148439)
71
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether home to school transport will be provided to children if their parent's disability varies in severity from day to day, with reference to sections 87 and 88 of his Department's guidance on home to school travel and transport.
(148440)
72
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether home to school transport will be provided to children in circumstances where they have parents with disabilities who are in receipt of support from community care services, with reference to sections 87 and 88 of his Department's guidance on home to school travel and transport.
(148441)
73
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what representations he has received on provision of care to learn support for teenage mothers who commence a course over the age of 19 years.
(148523)
74
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the provision by schools of emergency medical treatment for pupils; and if he will make a statement.
(148751)
75
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what (a) representations and (b) reports he has received on the (i) implementation, (ii) effectiveness and (iii) adequacy of supporting materials of the document Managing Medicines in Schools and Early Years Settings; and if he will make a statement.
(148752)
76
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of arrangements to duplicate sets of emergency medication for children deemed at risk of medical emergency; and if he will make a statement.
(148753)
77
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what exemptions there are for (a) Waldorf and Steiner kindergartens and (b) Montessori pre-schools from the proposed new guidelines for working with pre-school children; and what consultations his Department has held on (i) these exemptions and (ii) whether the guidelines are legally enforceable.
(147946)
78
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which (a) Steiner, (b) Waldorf and (c) Montessori pre-school institutions are registered in each local authority area; whether each institution has open enrolment; and whether each makes provision for those who rely entirely upon nursery grants to fund a place.
(148338)
79
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether he plans to employ more specially-trained staff to deliver sex and relationship education.
(148472)
80
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether he plans to incorporate information about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender relationships into sex and relationship education.
(148473)
81
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the adequacy teaching of sex and relationships education in schools; and what plans he has to standardise teaching to age of pupil.
(148570)
82
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will make sex and relationships education a mandatory part of personal, social and health education.
(148571)
83
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of applicants for initial teacher training courses since 2006 who have had applications voided as a result of the decision to require mature students born before 1st September 1979 to have a GCSE at grade C or above (or recognised equivalent) in science in order to begin initial teacher training.
(148757)
84
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what discussions he has had with the Minister for Women and Equality on the decision to require mature students born before 1st September 1979 to have a GCSE at grade C or above (or recognised equivalent) in science in order to begin initial teacher training.
(148758)
85
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what representations he has received on the health impact of interactive whiteboards.
(148759)
86
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what data was collected by his Department on reasons for exclusions in maintained primary and secondary schools in 2005-06.
(148889)
87
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will make a statement on the changes to the collection of data on the reasons for exclusion in maintained primary and special schools.
(148890)
88
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 537W, on the Building Schools for the Future programme: private finance initiative (PFI), how much his Department has allocated in PFI credits to each Building Schools for the Future project which has been agreed; and how much the local authority contributed towards the cost of each project.
(148850)
89
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools are in the process of being (a) built and (b) refurbished under the Building Schools for the Future programme; and how many in each category are being built or refurbished under the private finance initiative.
(148853)
90
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools have been (a) built and (b) refurbished under the (i) Academies and (ii) Building Schools for the Future programme; and how many in each category were built or refurbished under the private finance initiative.
(148854)
91
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the (a) start and (b) end date was of the Prime Minister's delivery unit's review of the Building Schools for the Future programme; and on what date a final report was produced.
(148855)
92
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will list the parties to whom the Prime Minister's delivery unit's recent review of the Building Schools for the Future programme made recommendations.
(148856)
93
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, to which key stage level in the National Curriculum each of the qualified teacher status skills tests is roughly equivalent.
(148857)
94
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many times the qualified teacher status skills tests were (a) sat and (b) passed in each financial year since they were introduced, broken down by type of test.
(148858)
95
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the total cost of administering the skills tests was in each financial year since the qualified teacher status skills tests were introduced.
(148859)
96
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the (a) date, (b) value and (c) purpose was of each payment by his Department to Atkins (formerly WS Atkins) since 1997.
(148870)
97
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the effect on the educational attainment of pupils of being taught by teachers who have no formal qualification in the subject they are teaching; and how many such teachers there are, broken down by (a) region and (b) subject.
(148698)
98
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent per pupil in Tamworth in each year since 1997.
(148702)
99
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of staff in his Department and its predecessor took early retirement in the last five years, broken down by grade; and at what cost.
(148741)
100
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many students in Tamworth claimed education allowance in each year since it was introduced, broken down by ward of residence.
(148792)
101
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants were employed in (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in Tamworth in (A) 1997 and (B) at the last date for which figures are available.
(148793)
102
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.
(148794)
103
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was allocated for capital expenditure on education in Tamworth in each year since 1997.
(148795)
104
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the pay scale was of a qualified teacher with seven years experience in each year since 1996.
(148819)
105
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many employees of the former Department for Education and Skills moved (a) within his Department and (b) out of his Department on its creation.
(148419)
106
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which of his Department's contracts have been rewritten since 27th June; and what estimate he has made of the resulting cost.
(148420)
107
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned for policy areas within his Department, including relevant campaigns commissioned by its predecessor in the last 12 months.
(148512)
108
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department and the former Department for Education and Skills in areas within his Department's responsibility in the last 12 months.
(148685)
109
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether (a) he and (b) Ministers or officials from his Department attended the meeting of the National Missing Persons Strategic Oversight Group on 27th June; what steps his Department is taking following the meeting; whether he expects to attend the next meeting; and if he will make a statement.
(148110)
110
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate his Department has made of the cost per capita to nurseries, pre-schools and daycare providers in (a) Kent and (b) South East England of delivering the free 2.5 hour early years session for three and four year olds.
(148454)
111
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment his Department has made of the level of funding per capita for the free 2.5 hour early years session for three and four year olds that is being passed onto (a) private, voluntary and independent sector nurseries, pre-schools and daycare providers and (b) maintained sector nurseries, pre-schools and daycare providers by each local education authority in South East England.
(148455)
112
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether local authorities are entitled legally to ask to inspect the financial accounts of private, voluntary and independent sector nurseries, pre-schools and daycare providers relating to activities that are not directly funded by public money for free early years education places for three and four year olds.
(148456)
113
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of pupils in maintained mainstream schools who gained (a) five, (b) six, (c) seven, (d) eight and (e) nine or more good GCSEs in 2006 gained (i) five, (ii) four and (iii) three C grades.
(148691)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
114
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the title is of each piece of guidance issued to Government departments by the Cabinet Office since 27th June 2007.
(148865)
115
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many civil servants have been transferred from HM Treasury to (a) the Cabinet Office and (b) No. 10 Downing Street since 27th June 2007.
(148866)
116
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will list the requests made to the Cabinet Office 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) where appropriate, reason for exemption was in each case.
(148868)
117
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will estimate how many faith-based organisations (a) received grants and (b) were contracted to deliver (i) local authority and (ii) central government services in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(148710)
118
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.
(148504)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
119
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning applications subject to Planning Policy Statement 25 were referred to the Secretary of State in each year since 2000; and how many of them were subsequently approved.
(148333)
120
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many houses were built on designated floodplains in each year since 2000.
(148334)
121
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning applications were approved against Environment Agency advice in each year since 2000.
(148336)
122
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her latest estimate is of the number of new homes planned to be built in the next 10 years in the Leeds Metropolitan District, broken down by (a) private homes to buy, (b) private homes to rent (c) housing association properties and (d) local authority homes to rent.
(148646)
123
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes were built in each year since 1997 in each Leeds parliamentary constituency, broken down by those built (a) to buy, (b) to rent privately, (c) as part of housing associations and (d) by local authorities.
(148650)
124
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans there are for infrastructure improvements in North Northamptonshire to coincide with the expansion in housing.
(148421)
125
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she has examined the value for money obtained from the council tax since May 1997.
(148714)
126
Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many affordable homes have become available on Wearside since 2002-03; and if she will make a statement.
(148528)
127
Bill Etherington (Sunderland North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress is being made towards tackling homelessness on Wearside; and if she will make a statement.
(148529)
128
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects to make a decision on the Thames Gateway Bridge.
(148577)
129
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of all planning permissions granted (a) for part or full residential developments and (b) for all homes in each planning authority in the Government zone of the South West in each of the last 10 years for which records are available were for affordable homes.
(148368)
130
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the definition of affordable housing takes account of (a) average local wages, (b) geographical location and (c) whether the house is to be (i) bought outright, (ii) bought with shared equity and (iii) rented.
(148445)
131
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what minimum standards of (a) quality and (b) availability of services apply to affordable housing provided by (i) private developers and (ii) registered social landlords.
(148446)
132
N
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, by what mechanism she monitors local planning authority decisions on affordable housing in Cornwall.
(148447)
133
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many private housing lets were made by each local authority in Hampshire in each year since 1997; and what assessment she has made of standard of repair of such properties.
(148524)
134
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many civil servants are eligible for the key worker discount on housing; and how many have used the discount over the last five years.
(148347)
135
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 182W, on urban areas: Cheltenham, whether the information provided is available, broken down by age bands for the period covered in the draft Regional Spatial Stategy.
(148572)
136
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of staff in her Department took early retirement in the last five years, broken down by grade; and at what cost.
(148739)
137
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what incentives she has considered to encourage staff in her Department to use public transport.
(148796)
138
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of domestic residential properties in multiple occupation as a percentage of total number of individual properties in each local authority area.
(148887)
139
Martin Linton (Battersea):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will amend the General Permitted Development Order to require planning permission for change of use of small shop units into large ones.
(148394)
140
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much taxation was collected from wi-fi installations by or on behalf of the relevant collections authorities during 2006-07.
(148365)
141
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will list all publications containing current operational guidance issued to fire and rescue authorities.
(148330)
142
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will amend national planning guidance on mobile telephone masts to allow concerns over health issues to be taken into account by local planning authorities.
(148591)
143
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for the revision of Planning Policy Guidance 8; and whether she intends to issue a consultation paper on its revision.
(148592)
144
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will require all mobile telephone companies to apply for full planning permission for installation of mobile telephone masts.
(148593)
145
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many mobile telephone masts were on the Valuation Office Agency's ratings list in the areas of (a) Guildford Borough Council and (b) Waverley Borough Council (i) in 2000 and (ii) at the most recent date for which the information is available.
(148594)
146
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if the Government will set a target date for improving the standard assessment procedure (SAP) rating of the two million properties identified in the English House Condition Survey 2005 with a SAP rating below 30.
(148431)
147
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by her Department in the last 12 months.
(148502)
148
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much and what proportion of English housing funding was provided to (a) Cornwall and (b) the South West in each year since 1997; and how much housing funding was provided to England in each of those years.
(148610)
149
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for (a) the Home Department and (b) Heath on assessing the capabilities of fire, rescue and emergency services to carry out their duties when flooding has taken place.
(148348)
150
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether a tree preservation order may be placed on a tree or series of trees, subsequent to a planning application being granted; and whether such an order overrides the application.
(148411)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
151
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether advertising of gambling-related activities at televised sports events during children's television viewing hours will be permitted under the proposed Committee of Advertising Practice and Broadcast Committee of Advertising Practice gambling advertising rules.
(148535)
152
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what restrictions are to be put in place to prevent advertisements promoting gambling-related activities during children's television viewing hours.
(148536)
153
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the return on spending resulting from VisitBritain's marketing activity was in each year since 2003.
(148537)
154
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total value of the tourism industry was to the UK economy in each year since 1997.
(148538)
155
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many civil servants are employed by his Department, broken down by policy area.
(148539)
156
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total expenditure from the public purse was on promoting England as a tourist destination (a) domestically and (b) internationally in each year since 1997.
(148540)
157
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that the regulations contained within the Licensing Act 2003 lead to a growth in live music.
(148541)
158
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the time period necessary for the gambling industry to implement fully the regulations to be made under section 240 of the Gambling Act 2005.
(148542)
159
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) hotels and (b) bed and breakfasts that have declared themselves insolvent since 1997, broken down by region; and if he will make a statement.
(148543)
160
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department plans to consult on the proposals in the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 1995 on playing fields of 0.2 hectares and above.
(148823)
161
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department plans to bring forward the changes recommended in the Town and Country Planning (General Development Procedure) Order 1995 announced in his Department's press release Planning to Safeguard Open Spaces and Playing Fields of July 2002.
(148824)
162
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the change in the number of playing fields of an area of less than 0.4 hectares in each year since 2001-02; and if he will make a statement.
(148825)
163
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress his Department has made towards its public service agreement target to halt the year-on-year rise in obesity among children under 11 by 2010.
(148826)
164
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much of Visit Britain's overseas marketing budget was used to promote tourism to (a) England, (b) Scotland, (c) Wales and (d) Northern Ireland in each year since 2003.
(148827)
165
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by (a) domestic and (b) foreign tourists in England in each year since 1997.
(148828)
166
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) overseas and (b) domestic tourists visited England in each year since 1997.
(148829)
167
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total cost was of all consultations held by his Department in the last 12 months.
(148830)
168
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the value is of (a) all payments by his Department to Opinion Leader Research since 1997 and (b) the payment to Opinion Leader Research for It's The Taking Part That Counts.
(148852)
169
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what proportion of staff took early retirement from his Department in the last five years, broken down by grade; and at what cost.
(148740)
170
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.
(148798)
171
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many applications the Heritage Lottery Fund has received for projects that are run by (a) not-for-profit organisations and (b) all other organisations in each year since 1997.
(148585)
172
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many grants have been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to projects that are run by (a) not-for-profit organisations and (b) all other organisations in each year since 1997.
(148586)
173
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what verification process is used for projects that make applications to the Heritage Lottery Fund to assess the accuracy of (a) business plans and (b) budgets before awarding funding to a project; and if he will make a statement.
(148587)
174
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the level of priority that the Heritage Lottery Fund gives to funding of private sector projects.
(148588)
175
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what projects received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund were subsequently abandoned in each year since 1997; how much funding was received for each such project; and if he will make a statement.
(148589)
176
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria the Heritage Lottery Fund uses to assess the viability of projects that have already received (a) public funding, (b) private funding and (c) Heritage Lottery Fund funding when considering applications for additional funding; and if he will make a statement.
(148590)
177
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which Minister is responsible for elite athlete training for the London 2012 Olympics; which Minister will have responsibility for the sports legacy of 2012; and which Minister will have responsibility for the National Lottery statutory instrument due to be laid before the House after the summer adjournment.
(148082)
178
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on progress in raising the £100 million from the private sector for elite sport announced in the 2006 Budget; and which Minister is responsible for that matter.
(148083)
179
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.
(148516)
180
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding under the Renaissance initiative has the West Midlands been allocated in each year of the programme; and if he will make a statement.
(148339)
181
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much Renaissance funding will be available for (a) Herefordshire, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England in each of the next five years.
(148340)
182
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the distribution of Renaissance funding in (a) Herefordshire, (b) the West Midlands and (c) England.
(148341)
183
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer on Renaissance funding within the context of the Comprehensive Spending Review in (a) the West Midlands and (b) England; and if he will make a statement.
(148351)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
184
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd July 2007, Official Report, column 955W, on Galileo project, what the wider issues in relation to Galileo are on which his Department provides advice to the Department of Transport.
(148694)
185
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd July 2007, Official Report, column 955W, on Galileo project, whether representatives of his Department have attended meetings on the Galileo project within the last six months apart from the meetings attended by experts from the Defence Scientific and Technology Laboratory.
(148695)
186
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what topics were discussed at the meeting between Mike Turner, the Chief Executive of BAE Systems, and Lord Drayson, the Defence Procurement Minister, on 26th June; at what time this meeting (a) started and (b) ended; who requested the meeting; and if he will make a statement.
(148376)
187
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reconstruction projects in the Helmand province have been (a) started and (b) completed in the last two years.
(148723)
188
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19th February 2007, Official Report, column 321W, on the MV Bugalid Brieizh, whether his Department has received any communication from those conducting the French judicial investigation into the sinking of the Bugalid Brieizh; and whether a completed report of that investigation has been received.
(148875)
189
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his timetable is for publishing the results of the Naval Bases review.
(148526)
190
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the possible obligations the Government has to nuclear test veterans under the EU Directive Eurotom 96/29.
(148288)
191
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the cost of training specifically for operations is included in the costs of operations funded from the Treasury Reserve.
(148289)
192
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment his Department made of the NHS's requirement for (a) psychologists, (b) psychiatrists, (c) mental health nurses and (d) occupational therapists in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007.
(148364)
193
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current percentage shortfall is of required spares for each helicopter type in the (a) Army Air Corps, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force.
(148379)
194
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current percentage shortfall is of required spares for (a) C17A Globemaster, (b) Hercules C-130K, (c) Hercules C-130J, (d) Tristar, (e) VC-10 and (f) Nimrod MR2.
(148380)
195
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel are on the waiting list for a redress of their veterans disability entitlements.
(148344)
196
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average period of time was for former service personnel between their discharge from service and receipt of veterans' disability benefits was in each month in the last five years.
(148345)
197
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many armed forces personnel are eligible for the key worker discount; and how many used the discount in each of the last five years.
(148346)
198
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.
(148806)
199
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of his staff took early retirement in the last five years; at what cost; what grades of staff took early retirement; and what percentage of each grade took early retirement.
(148817)
200
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.
(148517)
201
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.
(148682)
202
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many injured British service personnel were returned from (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each of the last 12 months.
(148158)
203
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) establishment and (b) strength of the University Officer Training Corps was at 1st March.
(148567)
204
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the projected costs are of the Watchkeeper UAV system programme; and if he will make a statement on progress in delivering the programme.
(148568)
205
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what role and function the future utility vehicle under the Future Rapid Effect System programme will play in counter-insurgency.
(148569)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
206
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what statutory duties relating to surface water drainage are placed upon farmers.
(148335)
207
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding his Department allocated to (a) researching and (b) implementing sustainable urban drainage systems in each year since 2000.
(148337)
208
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many charges were heard in court during the prosecution of John Rawlings for storing illegal pesticides; what the results of the case were; what order was made for costs; why the complete report on the case was not posted on the website of the Pesticides Safety Directorate and his Department; what steps he proposes to take following the words of the judge in the case about his Department's collaboration with chemical companies to maintain a cartel; and if he will make a statement.
(148728)
209
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether additional funds will be allocated to Hengistbury Head in Bournemouth for coastal protection.
(147898)
210
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost of (a) administration of and (b) payments under the Single Payment Scheme has been since its introduction.
(148722)
211
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the damage caused by flooding in Hertfordshire in the last five years.
(148704)
212
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Environmental Agency on improving flood defences in Hertfordshire in light of the recent weather conditions.
(148705)
213
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of flood defences in Hertfordshire in light of the recent weather conditions.
(148706)
214
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much his Department spent on (a) managing and (b) improving flood defences in Hertfordshire in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(148709)
215
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.
(148788)
216
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of his staff took early retirement in the last five years; at what cost; what grades of staff took early retirement; and what percentage of each grade took early retirement.
(148816)
217
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to visit farms in (a) England and (b) Shropshire which have been affected by bovine tuberculosis.
(148608)
218
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for future funding for the Environment Agency for flood defences; and if he will make a statement.
(148609)
219
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to consult on draft guidance concerning light pollution.
(148876)
220
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Government of Iran ahead of the next Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species conference on preserving the North Persian leopard.
(148499)
221
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with (a) the Environment Agency, (b) district councils and (c) Gloucestershire County Council on the recent floods in Gloucestershire; and if he will make a statement.
(148306)
222
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the condition of the drains in Gloucestershire following the recent floods in that county; and if he will make a statement.
(148307)
223
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.
(148518)
224
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what studies his Department has (a) carried out and (b) commissioned on the effects of coastal erosion in the East Riding of Yorkshire; and if he will make a statement.
(148354)
225
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps were taken to establish a protocol for reporting the progress made by signatories to the Courtauld Commitment on packaging waste when it was established in 2005.
(148377)
226
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the annual total packaging use of each of the signatories to the Courtauld Commitment was in each year for which figures are available.
(148410)
227
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many claimants he estimates will receive interest on their 2006 Single Farm Payments for sums paid after 30th June 2007; what he estimates the total amount of interest paid will be; and if he will make a statement.
(148725)
228
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to be in a position to begin making payments of the 2007 Single Farm Payment.
(148726)
229
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress his Department has made towards meeting its target of making a 25 per cent. reduction in administrative burdens on business by the end of 2009.
(148730)
230
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost to business of administrative burdens imposed by regulations from his Department in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(148731)
231
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many claimants received interest on their 2005 Single Farm Payments for sums paid after 30th June 2006; what the total amount of interest paid was; and if he will make a statement.
(148735)
232
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he will take to ensure that farmers are given their 2007 Single Farm Payment as soon as possible after the payment window opens.
(148736)
233
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects all single farm payments for (a) 2005 and (b) 2006 to be resolved.
(148737)
234
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what reports he has received of MRSA infections in domesticated farm animals.
(147996)
235
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has made for the safe disposal of mercury-containing energy-efficient light bulbs when the changeover from filament bulbs occurs in 2009.
(148374)
236
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what provisions he has made to encourage householders to dispose of energy efficient light bulbs in a safe and environmentally-friendly manner.
(148375)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
237
N
Mr William Cash (Stone):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what advice he has received on the legal status of the mandate agreed at the June European Council; and whether the Government is bound by that mandate.
(147734)
238
N
Mr William Cash (Stone):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will (a) list and (b) place in the Library all legal documents agreed at the June European Council.
(147735)
239
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with international counterparts on the political situation in Chechnya.
(148300)
240
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the potential for (a) Swedish and (b) Finnish membership of NATO; and if he will make a statement.
(148301)
241
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on Chechnya's observance of human rights.
(148302)
242
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of recent Turkish army movements along that country's border with Iraq.
(148303)
243
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will assess the merits of UK military action against Zimbabwe.
(148309)
244
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, under what charge Ahmed Belhada is being detained at Guantanamo Bay.
(148361)
245
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd July 2007 to the hon. Member for Birkenhead, Official Report, columns 898-9W, on the European Union: treaties, on what date he expects the white paper to be presented.
(148367)
246
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Indonesian government on its decision not to allow Congressman Faleomavaega to visit West Papua.
(148525)
247
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.
(148789)
248
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many of his staff took early retirement in the last five years; at what cost; what grades of staff took early retirement; and what percentage of each grade took early retirement.
(148815)
249
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects to answer the letter to his predecessor dated 4th June from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Omer Farooq.
(148369)
250
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance is being given by the UK and international agencies to Kyrgyzstan to help it manage its nuclear waste.
(148491)
251
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the cost-effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.
(148519)
252
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21st June 2007, Official Report, column 2205W, on human trafficking: conferences, how many people attended the conference; how many were front-line practitioners; how many were from the UK; how many Members of Parliament from each EU country attended; what conclusions and recommendations emerged from the conference; and what further action is planned.
(148195)
253
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from the US Administration requesting details of the inquiry into the Al Yamamah contract.
(148693)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
254
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of prisoners currently in HM Prison Armley has been diagnosed as having (a) mental health, (b) alcohol-related and (c) drug-related problems; and if he will make a statement.
(148647)
255
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many representations his Department has received from doctors on problems with (a) Modernising Medical Careers and (b) the Medical Training Application Service.
(148310)
256
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who chose the 5th February 2007 date set for the Home Office stamp to be placed in the passports of Highly Skilled Migrant Programme doctors; why it was chosen; what other dates were considered; what process of consultation took place on the choice of date; whether responses were received from (a) the Home Department, (b) representatives of doctors in training and (c) directors of medical training; who has the power to (i) change the date and (ii) accept a Home Department letter in place of the Home Office stamp; what estimate he has made of the number of (A) junior doctors and (B) medical directors who were unaware of the details of the requirement; and what information was available to Ministers at the time it would take for (x) Highly Skilled Migrant Programme status to be granted and (y) the stamp to be placed in a passport.
(148311)
257
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when Ministers (a) approved and (b) announced that doctors from overseas wishing to apply for specialty training must apply successfully for a Highly Skilled Migrant Programme visa following the end of permit-free medical training; and what assessment the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board has made of the effects of the policy.
(148312)
258
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken to (a) provide and (b) increase take-up of (i) training and (ii) education for existing school nurses in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(148711)
259
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken to allocate the £1 billion funding proposed in the public health white paper between (a) health trainers, (b) sexual health services, (c) school nurses and (d) other services; and if he will make a statement.
(148720)
260
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on ring-fencing the £1 billion funding proposed in the public health white paper for health trainers, sexual health services, school nurses and other services; and if he will make a statement.
(148721)
261
Mr Paul Burstow (Sutton & Cheam):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase recruitment of school nurses following reported trends in the number of such nurses reaching retirement age; and if he will make a statement.
(148754)
262
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the second wave independent sector treatment centre contract for Cirencester Hospital to be signed.
(148412)
263
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th June 2007, Official Report, column 992W, on health hazards: lighting, what guidance his Department has issued on the treatment of individuals with medical conditions adversely affected by the use of energy saving lightbulbs.
(148496)
264
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to allocate funds to the development of photodynamic therapy.
(148449)
265
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the incidence of thyroid disease in fluoridated areas.
(148450)
266
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost to each health authority of implementing the fluoridation of public drinking water.
(148451)
267
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to establish mechanisms to monitor the ingestion of fluoride as a precaution against toxicity.
(148452)
268
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21st June 2007, Official Report, column 2145W, on cancer, if he will make it his policy to conduct such an assessment.
(148645)
269
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people (a) received a kidney transplant and (b) were on the national transplant list for kidneys in each year since 2000; and what the average waiting time from referral to the list and surgery was.
(148841)
270
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many transplant co-ordinators are employed in the NHS; and what the figure was in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(148842)
271
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were removed from the national transplant list for kidneys without completing an organ transplant in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(148843)
272
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of renal and transplant units are participating in national comparative audits and benchmarking by submitting data to the UK Renal Registry of the Renal Association and UK Transplant.
(148844)
273
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the type and rate of complications for each type of dialysis access in each year since 2000.
(148845)
274
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the mean distance from patients' homes to dialysis treatment centres.
(148846)
275
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people (a) received an Estimated Glomerular Filtration Rate test for kidney function, (b) were referred to a nephrologist for further investigation and (c) received treatment for chronic kidney disease in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(148847)
276
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has undertaken of whether the standards and markers of best practice identified in the National Service Framework for Renal Services are being met across England.
(148848)
277
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many collaborative commissioning groups for specialist services were established by primary care trusts in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(148849)
278
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients received treatment for anaemia prior to undergoing renal replacement therapy in the last period for which figures are available; and what the average duration of treatment was.
(148877)
279
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people received renal replacement therapy in each year since 2000; and what estimate his Department has made of the number of people likely to receive renal replacement therapy over the next 10 years.
(148878)
280
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures his Department has considered to increase the number of organs retrieved from (a) heart-beating and (b) non-heart beating donors.
(148879)
281
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has made to increase laboratory testing capacity for the identification of suitable donor organs.
(148880)
282
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with established renal failure waited longer than six months to be referred for assessment and surgery prior to receiving haemodialysis in each of the last four years for which figures are available.
(148881)
283
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with established renal failure waited longer than four months to be referred for assessment and surgery prior to receiving peritoneal dialysis in each of the last four years for which figures are available.
(148882)
284
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people received treatment for the management of chronic kidney disease in each year since 2000.
(148883)
285
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance is issued to GPs concerning estimated glomerula filtration rate test results for kidney function.
(148884)
286
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dialysis machines were available for use within the NHS in each year since 2000; and how many were located in (a) hospital renal units, (b) satellite units and (c) at patients' homes.
(148885)
287
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people received (a) haemodialysis and (b) peritoneal dialysis in NHS facilities in each year since 2000.
(148886)
288
N
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of measures to enforce the prohibition on smoking in public places.
(147904)
289
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals in Greater London do not have private finance initiative debts.
(148575)
290
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the diagnosis and management of hypothyroidism.
(148576)
291
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to support parents of children with cancer.
(148520)
292
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what functions exceptional circumstances committees of primary care trusts (PCTs) have; how they operate; what guidance his Department provides to PCTs on the operation of such committees; and if he will make a statement.
(148522)
293
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources have been committed to the improvement of abortion services in 2007-08.
(148370)
294
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure equality of access to NHS abortion services.
(148371)
295
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women in England waited (a) less than a week, (b) between one and two weeks, (c) over two weeks but less than four weeks and (d) over four weeks between the date they first requested an NHS abortion and the date of the abortion in each of the last five years.
(148372)
296
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what counselling is offered to women (a) contemplating, (b) during and (c) after an abortion.
(148373)
297
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department spent in England on providing (a) additional secure psychiatric beds, (b) medical services for prisoners, (c) drug and alcohol treatment of prisoners and (d) drug and alcohol treatment for other convicted persons in each of the last six years; and what sums are budgeted for the next five years.
(148383)
298
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) neonatal and (b) paediatric nurses there were in England in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of the number due to retire over the next five years.
(148386)
299
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many full-time equivalent advanced neonatal nurse practitioners were employed by hospital trusts in England in each of the last five years.
(148387)
300
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many neonatal intensive care cots there were in each NHS trust in each of the last five years.
(148388)
301
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent on neonatal units in each of the last five years in (a) cash and (b) real terms.
(148389)
302
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) neonatal intensive cots and (b) special care cots in each trust were not being used due to lack of staff in each of the last five years.
(148390)
303
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many neonatal units were closed to admissions for a period during each of the last five years; and how long each such unit was closed for.
(148391)
304
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average occupancy rate for intensive care cots was in each NHS trust in each of the last five years.
(148392)
305
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many premature babies were transferred away from their local hospital in order to find an intensive care cot in each of the last five years.
(148393)
306
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many offenders (a) in prisons and (b) in the community were receiving treatment for drug or alcohol problems in each of the last five years.
(148395)
307
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prisoners are waiting to attend (a) alcohol and (b) drug management courses; and what the average waiting time is for a place on each such course.
(148396)
308
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many detoxifications of prisoners took place in each of the last five years; what the average length of time for detoxification was; and what the average cost was.
(148397)
309
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding he provided for prison psychiatric care in each of the last five years; and what percentage of the prison healthcare budget each figure represented.
(148398)
310
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prisoners were reported as requiring psychiatric care in each of the last five years.
(148399)
311
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prisoners were transferred to hospital for psychiatric care in each of the last five years; and what the average waiting time for the transfer was over that period.
(148400)
312
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many orthodontists worked in the NHS in each year since 1997.
(148474)
313
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in (a) England and (b) Hampshire are waiting for orthodontic treatment; and how many have been waiting for treatment for (i) up to six, (ii) up to 12, (iii) up to 24 and (iv) over 36 months.
(148475)
314
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total value of NHS orthodontic treatment was in each of the last five years, broken down by primary care trust.
(148476)
315
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children (a) under the age of (i) one and (ii) five and (b) over five years old died from a hospital acquired infection in each year since 2000, broken down by NHS trust.
(148477)
316
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of (a) MRSA, (b) clostridium difficile and (c) other hospital acquired infections there were in each year since 2000 in (i) neonatal and (ii) maternity units, broken down by NHS trust.
(148478)
317
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many orthodontic practices used up their annual allocation of units of orthodontic activity before the end of the last contract year, broken down by primary care trust.
(148480)
318
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what will happen to unused units of dental activity at the end of the contract year.
(148481)
319
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many units of dental activity (UDAs) are available to dentists in each primary care trust in England; and how many UDAs this equates to per person within each primary care trust area.
(148482)
320
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average number of units of dental activity is which an NHS dentist with a majority NHS patient list is expected to undertake in a year.
(148483)
321
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentist practitioners ran out of units of dental activity before the end of the contract year in the most recent period for which figures are available, broken down by primary care trust.
(148484)
322
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the number of NHS dentists in the Romsey constituency.
(148485)
323
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists worked within the NHS in each year since 1997; and how many provided (a) primary and (b) secondary care.
(148486)
324
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) dental practices and (b) dentists in Hampshire provide NHS treatment; how many hours of NHS dentistry they offered in each (i) week and (ii) month in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement on the availability of NHS dental treatment in Hampshire.
(148487)
325
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are in place to ensure that the service increment for teaching funding was spent on purposes for which it was allocated.
(148555)
326
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to implement training programmes for healthcare professionals on the prevention, diagnosis and management of the full range of foetal alcohol spectrum disorders; and if he will make a statement.
(148556)
327
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the training, guidance and resources available in the NHS for routine screening of alcohol consumption by pregnant women.
(148557)
328
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the clinical management of individuals affected by foetal alcohol spectrum disorders; and what support systems are available to them and their carers and families.
(148558)
329
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent advice he has issued on security checks on (a) existing and (b) prospective staff in his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(148490)
330
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) health visitors, (b) nursery nurses, (c) support workers and (d) midwives there were in Hertfordshire in each year since 2001.
(148703)
331
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the change in the cost of in-vitro fertilisation treatment in the (a) NHS and (b) private sector arising from the introduction of the current regulatory regime.
(148427)
332
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will discuss with major supermarkets labelling food packing with larger type of pricing and ingredients for the elderly and the visually impaired.
(148790)
333
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many of his staff took early retirement in the last five years; at what cost; what grades of staff took early retirement; and what percentage of each grade took early retirement.
(148814)
334
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.
(148818)
335
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what analysis his Department has carried out on the reasons for the fall in the number of pre-registration training commissions from 2004-05 to 2005-06.
(148820)
336
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many training commissions there were for the main health service professions, including podiatrys between 2001 and 2006.
(148821)
337
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what choices are being offered to mental health service users.
(148733)
338
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6th June 2007, Official Report, column 568W, on eating disorders: children, if he will break down the numbers of finished consultant episodes in each year from 1996-97 to 2005-06 by (a) region and (b) primary care trust.
(148356)
339
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many times he and his predecessor decided a reference from a local overview and scrutiny committee should not go to the Independent Review Panel in the last two years; and how many references from overview and scrutiny committees he and his predecessor received in that period.
(148607)
340
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated cost of required maintenance in the NHS was in each financial year since 1997-98; and what this figure was for 2006-07, broken down by NHS organisation.
(148153)
341
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the list of developing countries from which recruitment into the NHS is prohibited applies in the recruitment of (a) doctors in training and (b) other doctors.
(148154)
342
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of junior doctors who have had their offers for a specialist training post withdrawn by deaneries in the last three months.
(148638)
343
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received from junior doctors whose deaneries have withdrawn offers of a specialist training post in the last three months.
(148639)
344
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what procedures are in place to prevent junior doctors being informed in error that they have been offered a specialist training post; what estimate he has made of the number of junior doctors so informed; and if he will make a statement.
(148640)
345
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS trusts employ a director of infection prevention and control.
(148641)
346
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's cancer stategy is for the next decade; and if he will make a statement.
(148453)
347
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to tackle financial hardship affecting cancer patients.
(148533)
348
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to prevent older people suffering from malnutrition in hospital.
(148534)
349
Mr Eddie McGrady (South Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received objecting to the draft Human Tissue and Embryos Bill; and what objections have been made in those representations.
(148636)
350
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 12th June 2007, Official Report, column 990W, on bone diseases: medical treatments, when he expects a final approval determination to be published following the delay in publication of the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's final guidance for anti-tumour necrosis factor treatment for ankylosing spondylitis.
(148497)
351
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's assessment of, and guidance on, anti-tumour necrosis factor treatments for ankylosing spondylitis will take into account the Department's policy of treating patients outside hospital whenever possible.
(148498)
352
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19th June 2007, Official Report, column 1637W, on NHS treatment centres: standards, what the evidential basis is for the statement that NHS walk-in centres contribute significantly to improving access to services for many people.
(148644)
353
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th June 2007, Official Report, column 1891W, on abortion, how many repeat abortions have occurred in (a) Guildford and Waverley Primary Care Trust, (b) Surrey and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(148738)
354
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15th June 2007, Official Report, column 1383W, on Conal Timoney, from which company Mr Timoney's services are being contracted; what the value is of that contract; and what Mr Timoney's salary is.
(148831)
355
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the payscale is of (a) civil servants and (b) those employed on a contractual basis in his Department's Commercial Directorate.
(148832)
356
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how long the Framework for Procuring External Support for Commissioners project team has been in existence; and for how long Simon Morgan has been the project lead.
(148833)
357
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance the NHS has issued in the last two years on the use of mobile telephones in hospitals.
(148834)
358
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19th June 2007, Official Report, columns 1630-4W, on Departments: public bodies, what the (a) whole-time equivalent numbers and (b) budget were for NHS Supply Chain in each year since its inception.
(148835)
359
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19th June 2007, Official Report, columns 1630-4W, on Departments: public bodies, whether the figures included consultants; and how many consultants were employed by each arm's length body in each year.
(148836)
360
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19th June 2007, Official Report, columns 1630-4W, on Departments: public bodies, whether NHS Direct, for the purposes of the Answer, has been subsumed into Connecting for Health.
(148837)
361
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19th June 2007, Official Report, columns 1630-4W, on Departments: public bodies, who administered the budget originally allocated to the NHS Modernisation Agency after 2004-05; and what that budget was in each year since 2005-06.
(148838)
362
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what information is gathered in the PSS EX1 Expenditure Return.
(148839)
363
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19th June 2007, Official Report, columns 1383-5W, on Departments: contracts, whether service category 27 excludes services under (a) service category 25 and (b) Common Procurement Vocabulary Codes 74511000-4, and from 85000000-9 to 85323000-9 (except 85321000-5 and 85322000-2).
(148840)
364
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in (a) England, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) Nottingham were sectioned to psychiatric wards in each of the last five years.
(148382)
365
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.
(148500)
366
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether (a) he and (b) Ministers or officials from his Department attended the meeting of the National Missing Persons Strategic Oversight Group on 27th June; what steps his Department is taking following the meeting; whether he expects to attend the next meeting; and if he will make a statement.
(148111)
367
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average number of patients per NHS dentist was in Beverley and Holderness in each year since 1999; and if he will make a statement.
(148353)
368
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what reports he has received of MRSA infection in UK-produced meat.
(147992)
369
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what tests are carried out on imported meat to identify MRSA infection.
(147993)
370
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what tests are carried out on UK-produced meat to identify MRSA infection.
(147994)
371
N
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what systems are in place for testing meat imported from outside the EU for MRSA contamination.
(148436)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
372
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether roadside drug-screening devices will be available for use by police forces within the next three years.
(148554)
373
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her estimate is of the timescale for type-approval of roadside drug-screening devices.
(148564)
374
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many enforcement campaigns have been carried out on child car seats following the introduction of new child car seat legislation since 18th September 2006; and what level of compliance has been achieved.
(148565)
375
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made in type-approving roadside drug-screening devices.
(148574)
376
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons photographs accompanying passport applications may be rejected; and what proportion have been rejected for each reason in the last 12 months.
(148342)
377
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of photographs were rejected for passport applications in the last 12 months, broken down by (a) age, (b) ethnic background and (c) disability status of applicant.
(148343)
378
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many stolen bicycles were recovered by each police authority in each of the last five years.
(148642)
379
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the number of people whose DNA is held on the national database who have committed no offence.
(147920)
380
N
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, at which point of the asylum process her Department considers a decision on an asylum claim to be final.
(148531)
381
N
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department considers an individual who has made a fresh asylum claim to be an asylum seeker with an active case.
(148532)
382
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the merits of creating a national database of incidents of graffiti dealt with by local authorities.
(147991)
383
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to introduce the practice of recording incidents of graffiti as a separate sub-category of criminal damage; and if she will make a statement.
(147995)
384
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her projection is of the numbers who will take assisted voluntary return packages to their home country in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009.
(148358)
385
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people returned to their home country under the assisted voluntary return system in (a) 2006, (b) 2005 and (c) 2004.
(148359)
386
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what safeguards are in place to prevent known paedophiles from opening a children's agency specialising in theatre, television and modelling; and if she will make a statement.
(148729)
387
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much and what proportion of anti-drugs spending the Government allocated to the monitoring and evaluation of the performance of the UK drugs strategy in (a) reducing the availability of illicit drugs, (b) educating young people, (c) drug addiction treatment and (d) tackling drug-related crime.
(148712)
388
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much and what proportion of anti-drugs spending the Government allocated to research to inform the UK drug strategy on (a) availability of illicit drugs, (b) young people's attitudes to drugs, (c) treatment and (d) drug-related crime in each year since 2002.
(148713)
389
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what incentives she has considered to encourage staff in her Department to use public transport.
(148801)
390
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of her staff took early retirement in the last five years; at what cost; what grades of staff took early retirement; and what percentage of each grade took early retirement.
(148811)
391
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many work permit applications for foreign (a) nurses and (b) doctors from each country in North Africa and the Middle East for which figures are available were approved in each year in the period between 1st January 2000 and 31st May 2007.
(148076)
392
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Woking dated 29th March 2007 regarding Mr Evans, ref. N7737/7.
(148492)
393
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings Ministers from her Department have had with the Pompidou Group of the Council of Europe in the last 12 months; and what matters were discussed.
(148530)
394
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to make changes to the system of police pay.
(147911)
395
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when her Department will reply to the letters of 24th May and 5th June 2007 from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood on behalf of Nazia Saghir (Home Office ref: S1359575/2).
(148637)
396
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in each police force in England and Wales have been (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for (i) racism, (ii) bullying and (iii) sexual harassment in the last 12 months.
(148513)
397
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by her Department in the last 12 months.
(148515)
398
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) she and (b) Ministers or officials from her Department attended the meeting of the National Missing Persons Strategic Oversight Group on 27th June; what steps her Department is taking following the meeting; when she expects the next meeting to take place; whether she expects to attend the next meeting; and if she will make a statement.
(148109)
399
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children who had applied for asylum in the UK and had their application refused were deported in each of the last five years.
(148157)
400
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children went missing from the local authority areas around Heathrow and Gatwick whilst under immigration control in each of the last three years.
(148159)
401
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to deport failed Iraqi asylum seekers living in Plymouth; how many were deported in each of the last two years; and if she will make a statement.
(148160)
402
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken to close the protective services gap among East Midlands police forces identified by Denis O'Connor in his 2005 report; and if she will make a statement.
(148349)
403
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will publish data on the recruitment and retention of police community support officers since the post's inception; and on numbers subsequently offered posts as police officers.
(148350)
404
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the UK will ratify the European Convention on Action against Trafficking in Human Beings.
(148672)
405
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to bring forward proposals to amend the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 and the associated guidance.
(148692)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
406
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will ask Parliamentary Information and Communication Service (PICT) to carry out a customer survey of hon. and right hon. Members' satisfaction with the new personal digital assistants supplied by PICT; and if he will make a statement.
(148366)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
407
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, whether he plans to commission research on skills deficiencies and training needs within the Leeds West constituency in the light of the Leitch Report; and if he will make a statement.
(148648)
408
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will list the further education provision available for post 16 year olds within the Leeds West constituency.
(148649)
409
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what plans he has, following the restructuring of the Learning and Skills Council, to ensure there is sufficient Government expenditure on post-16 year old skills training within the Leeds West constituency; and if he will make a statement.
(148675)
410
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what plans he has to expand the number of businesses making the Skills Pledge in relation to Train to Gain; whether there is a minimum standard of training for such businesses; and if he will make a statement.
(147789)
411
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of businesses making the Skills Pledge employ fewer than (a) 20 and (b) 500 people.
(147790)
412
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what training and qualifications skills brokers in the Train to Gain scheme must have.
(147791)
413
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what web-based tools are provided by the Government to employers making the Skills Pledge.
(147792)
414
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what proportion of prisoners were recorded as illiterate over the last 10 years.
(148113)
415
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what proportion of prisoners had (a) learning disabilities and (b) dyslexia over the last 10 years.
(148114)
416
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what proportion of people aged 18 to 24 years had been classed as not in employment, education or training for (a) up to three months, (b) between three and six months, (c) between six and nine months, (d) between nine and 12 months and (e) over 12 months in each quarter since 1992.
(148360)
417
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what progress has been made in developing guidance for providers of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) on the financial evidence that will need to be provided by learners to get fee remission for ESOL courses.
(148581)
418
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what plans he has to encourage closer working between business and universities.
(148465)
419
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what his Department's responsibilities are for technology.
(148750)
420
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.
(148802)
421
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many of his staff took early retirement in the last five years; at what cost; what grades of staff took early retirement; and what percentage of each grade took early retirement.
(148812)
422
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned over the last 12 months for policy areas now within his Department's responsibility.
(148511)
423
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned in areas by his Department and other Government departments now within his Department's responsibility in the last 12 months.
(148677)
424
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of students applied for a university place on completion of their A-levels in (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(148611)
425
Matthew Taylor (Truro & St Austell):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many people from (a) Cornwall, (b) the South West and (c) England applied to a higher education establishment in each year since 1997.
(148612)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
426
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what resources his Department has provided for (a) children's services projects and (b) child protection programmes in Liberia over the last two years; what further such projects are planned; and if he will make a statement.
(148331)
427
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.
(148799)
428
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what proportion of the £50 million funding for education in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) announced on 5th April will go to (a) World Bank, (b) the DRC government and (c) local non-governmental organisations and church bodies; and what the estimated time frame is for the release of the funding.
(148755)
429
Judy Mallaber (Amber Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of when he expects conditions in the Democratic Republic of Congo to permit the release of the £50 million funding for education announced on 5th April.
(148756)
430
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much developing countries' debt was written off by the UK Government in financial year 2006-07.
(148432)
431
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what funding the UK provided for (a) education, (b) healthcare and (c) clean water in developing countries in financial year 2006-07.
(148433)
432
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.
(148514)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
433
John Battle (Leeds West):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many suicides have taken place in HM Prison Armley in each year since 1987.
(148651)
434
Mr Geoffrey Cox (Torridge & West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on how many occasions prosecutions for driving without (a) insurance and (b) due care and attention were abandoned as a result of the expiration of the statutory time for bringing them forward in each of the last five years, broken down by police force area.
(148425)
435
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd July 2007, Official Report, column 910W, on the electoral register: Barnet, when the canvassing took place; how many people were registered (a) before and (b) after the canvassing; and if he will make a statement.
(148381)
436
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how section 1 of the Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004 will be enforced; what training will be provided for (a) police and (b) judiciary; how the Government will monitor its effectiveness; what guidance will be given to courts on injunctions in force from before 1st July; and how those injunctions will be managed.
(148332)
437
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prosecutions were made and (b) fixed penalty notices were issued by (i) each police force and (ii) each local authority for graffiti under the (A) Criminal Damage Act 1971, (B) Clean Environment and Neighbourhoods Act 2005 and (C) Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 in each of the last 10 years.
(147997)
438
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support there is from within the Probation Service for people on probation with learning disabilities.
(148112)
439
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what support there is from within the Prison Service for prisoners with learning disabilities.
(148115)
440
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will review the adequacy of workplace rights for parents of children with cancer, with particular reference to rights to leave to care for their children.
(148521)
441
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate he has made of the number and percentage of the prison population using (a) cannabis, (b) ecstasy, (c) heroin and (d) cocaine.
(148384)
442
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were caught in possession of narcotics while serving prison sentences in each of the last five years.
(148385)
443
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners there are in England, broken down by age.
(148401)
444
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners there are over 65 years old, broken down by category of offence committed.
(148402)
445
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners gave birth in each of the last five years.
(148403)
446
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many pregnant female offenders (a) applied for and (b) were granted permission for their children to remain with them in prison after birth in each of the last five years; and what the length was of the sentence served by each mother following birth.
(148404)
447
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of female prisoners with children under five years old.
(148405)
448
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of tuberculosis occurred in prisons in each of the last five years; and what steps he is taking to reduce the incidence of tuberculosis in prisons.
(148406)
449
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of hepatitis B occurred in prisons in each of the last five years.
(148407)
450
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what access prisoners have to (a) condoms, (b) sexual health advice and (c) testing for sexually transmitted infections.
(148408)
451
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) male and (b) female prisoners (i) attempted and (ii) committed suicide in each of the last five years.
(148409)
452
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of adjournment was in cases where hearings listed for committal were adjourned for another committal hearing on another day in the last 12 months.
(147998)
453
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average length of adjournment between a defendant's first appearance in court after charge and the first listing for a committal hearing was in the last 12 months.
(147999)
454
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what records are kept of the reasons for adjournment of committal hearings.
(148000)
455
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases in magistrates' courts in England and Wales were listed for committal more than (a) once and (b) twice in the last 12 months.
(148001)
456
N
Simon Hughes (North Southwark & Bermondsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many committal hearings were listed in magistrates' courts in England and Wales in the last 12 months.
(148002)
457
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.
(148800)
458
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of his staff took early retirement in the last five years; at what cost; what grades of staff took early retirement; and what percentage of each grade took early retirement.
(148813)
459
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of job vacancies for new entry probation officers in each probation region in each year since 1997.
(148426)
460
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the numbers of people in training as probation officers in each probation service region in each year since 1997; and at what cost per student.
(148435)
461
N
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to increase the number of offences that fall within the Home Detention Curfew Scheme.
(148196)
462
N
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for which offences prisoners may be included in the Home Detention Curfew Release Scheme.
(148197)
463
N
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd July 2007, Official Report, columns 910-11W, on home detention curfews, how many of those prisoners were returned to prison under the terms of a home detention curfew for committing (a) murder, (b) rape, (c) burglary, (d) grievous bodily harm and (e) actual bodily harm.
(148291)
464
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 357W, on rape: sentencing, what his assessment is of the reasons for the differences in sentences given in Northern Ireland compared to those in England and Wales; and if he will take steps to bring the different sentences into line.
(148488)
465
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned (a) by his Department and (b) in relation to policy areas for which it is now responsible in the last 12 months.
(148510)
466
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to increase young offender institution capacity.
(148493)
467
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of trends in the young offender institution population over the next 10 years.
(148494)
468
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders under the age of 21 years found guilty of an offence were given a (a) custodial sentence and (b) non-custodial sentence in each of the last 10 years.
(148495)
469
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults on prison officers or other HMP staff there have been in each of the last 10 years.
(148673)
470
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many assaults on staff there have been at young offender institutions in each of the last 10 years.
(148674)
471
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on coroners' services in (a) England and Wales and (b) each coroner's region in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(148595)
472
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time coroners there were in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(148596)
473
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of verdicts returned by coroner's inquests (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each coroner's region were (i) death by accident or misadventure, (ii) death from natural causes, (iii) suicide, (iv) open verdicts, (v) death from industrial diseases, (vi) death from dependent abuse of drugs, (vii) death from non-dependent abuse of drugs, (viii) homicide and (ix) all other in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(148597)
474
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of coroner's inquests (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each coroner's region were adjourned and not resumed in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(148598)
475
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what proportion of coroner's inquests (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each coroner's region had a verdict returned in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(148599)
476
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many post-mortem examinations were carried out (a) in England and Wales and (b) in each coroner's region in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(148600)
Questions to the Leader of the House
477
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Leader of the House, if she will commission research on the effect of the new postage and stationery rules on the ability of hon. and right hon. Members to communicate effectively with their constituents.
(148357)
478
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Leader of the House, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 9W, on Members: cycling, if she will take steps to enable hon. Members to register with the Government's cycle to work scheme in their capacity as an employer so that their staff members can participate in the scheme.
(148573)
479
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Leader of the House, what arrangements have been made for hon. Members to question the Olympics Minister.
(148084)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
480
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what directorships have been declared by the Commissioner for Public Appointments in Northern Ireland.
(148582)
481
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many temporary advances issued to police officers in Northern Ireland (a) attending courses outside Northern Ireland and (b) performing operational duty outside Northern Ireland are outstanding; and what the total value is of those advances.
(148437)
482
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many police officers have retired on medical grounds in the last 12 months.
(148438)
483
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Answer of 26th June 2007, Official Report, column 662W, on rape: sentencing, what his assessment is of the level of sentences handed down by courts in Northern Ireland; and if he will take steps to ensure longer sentences are handed down.
(148489)
484
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.
(148509)
485
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, if he will take steps to seek the views of the Northern Ireland Assembly before any legislation is brought forward at Westminster which would change the law relating to abortion in Northern Ireland.
(148566)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
486
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how many complaints have been received concerning possible breaches of the regulation protecting the use of the Olympic symbol, motto and other words relating to the Olympics; and how many prosecutions have been initiated for breaches of the regulations protecting the use of the Olympic symbol, motto and other words relating to the Olympics.
(148584)
Questions to the Prime Minister
487
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he has had with the (a) United States President, (b) Russian President, (c) UN Secretary-General and (d) Presidents of the European Commission and Council on the appointment of a special envoy on behalf of the Quartet Initiative in the Middle East.
(148717)
488
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he will hold monthly press conferences and appear before the Liaison Committee at least twice a year.
(148718)
489
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Prime Minister, what future plans he has for e-petitions on his Office's website.
(148578)
490
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, what the remit is of (a) the Business Council for Britain and (b) the Chancellor's High-Level Group.
(148468)
491
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, how often he expects to meet the members of the Business Council for Britain.
(148469)
492
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, what steps he plans to put in place to ensure that the work of the Business Council for Britain does not overlap with that of the Chancellor's High-Level Group.
(148470)
493
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, whether minutes of the meetings of the Business Council for Britain will be published.
(148471)
494
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make a statement on the remit of his adviser on political press issues.
(148862)
495
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Prime Minister, what discussions he had with Olympic stakeholders before making the decision to move the Olympics Minister to the Cabinet Office.
(148081)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
496
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many receptions have been held at Dover House in each of the last five years.
(148605)
497
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many meetings he and his predecessors have held with Scottish Executive Ministers in each of the last five years.
(148606)
498
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department has spent on hospitality events in each of the last five years.
(148613)
499
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many letters he and his predecessors have sent in each of the last five years.
(148614)
500
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.
(148508)
Questions to the Solicitor General
501
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Solicitor General, which Minister has overall responsibility for the Government's policy to reduce fraud in the public sector.
(148434)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
502
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was raised in fines from traffic cameras in (a) the Chelmsford local authority area and (b) Essex in each of the last five years; and how much of those monies was spent on road safety plans in each year.
(148077)
503
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were fined for speeding in (a) Chelmsford local authority area and (b) Essex in each of the last five years.
(148079)
504
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people in the West Chelmsford area had nine points on their driving licence at the most recent date for which figures are available.
(148080)
505
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 28th March 2007, Official Report, column 1517W, on the A69: Greenhead, whether the A69 Greenhead diversion scheme contract obliged the Northumberland County Council engineer to obtain prior approval from officials of her Department before certifying for payment ICE contract clause 60(6) interest.
(148579)
506
Mr John Grogan (Selby):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 28th March 2007, Official Report, column 1517W, on the A69: Greenhead, whether her Department authorised the Northumberland County Council engineer to certify for payment £103,974.92 clause 60(6) interest in connection with the A69 Greenhead diversion scheme.
(148580)
507
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what incentives she has considered to encourage staff in her Department to use public transport.
(148803)
508
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of her staff took early retirement in the last five years; at what cost; what grades of staff took early retirement; and what percentage of each grade took early retirement.
(148810)
509
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the potential effect on road safety of introducing a sliding scale of penalty points on a driving licence for speeding offences of varying gravity.
(148378)
510
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reason the M1 motorway was closed in both directions in South Yorkshire on 26th June; on whose authority such closure was made; and if she will make a statement.
(148004)
511
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what systems are in place to ensure that motorways are not unnecessarily closed for precautionary reasons when no incident, emergency accident or disaster has taken place; and if she will make a statement.
(148005)
512
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by her Department in the last 12 months.
(148507)
513
Mrs Caroline Spelman (Meriden):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether there is a national record of parking areas.
(148448)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
514
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.
(148505)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
515
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what incentives she has considered to encourage staff to use public transport.
(148807)
516
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd July 2007, Official Report, column 945W, on pensions: family credit, how many current recipients of state-earnings-related pensions (a) in total and (b) born in each year from 1939 to 1947 have an enhanced pension in respect of previous receipt of family credit; and if she will estimate the average amount of enhancement for those currently benefiting.
(147988)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
517
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which foreign countries civil servants from his Department have visited over the last 12 months in order to study the design and impact of welfare reforms.
(148155)
518
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Jobcentre Plus districts there are; how many Jobcentre Plus districts reached their job outcome target point total in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will list the districts that did not reach the job outcome target points total in the same period.
(148156)
519
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many single (a) women and (b) men with children had their benefits withdrawn in each of the last five years.
(148304)
520
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent by the Health and Safety Executive on campaigns to raise awareness of the dangers of working at height in each of the last five years.
(148860)
521
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what incentives he has considered to encourage staff in his Department to use public transport.
(148805)
522
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of his staff took early retirement in the last five years; at what cost; what grades of staff took early retirement; and what percentage of each grade took early retirement.
(148808)
523
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will introduce a measure of severe poverty; and if he will make a statement.
(148734)
524
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will take steps in response to the shortcomings in the Pension Service identified by the Parliamentary Commissioner for Administration (Ombudsman) in the Report of 31st May 2007 (reference PA-3021) into the complaint of John and Jeanne Fawcett; and what steps he is taking to ensure future avoidance of similar errors.
(147945)
525
David Simpson (Upper Bann):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the cost effectiveness of advertising commissioned by his Department in the last 12 months.
(148501)
526
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of online job searches made via Jobcentre Plus facilities in March resulted in placements.
(147728)
527
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applicant pension schemes' qualification status for the Financial Assistance Scheme are undecided; and if he will make a statement.
(148290)
528
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average proportion of (a) expected and (b) core pension being received is for people who have begun to receive their full-entitled payments under the Financial Assistance Scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(148601)
529
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 initial payments under the Financial Assistance Scheme in each month since the scheme began operating; and if he will make a statement.
(148602)
530
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of pension schemes whose qualification status for the Financial Assistance Scheme is undecided are (a) waiting for scheme trustees to provide additional information before a decision can be made and (b) having their application considered by the Department; and if he will make a statement.
(148603)
531
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 assistance under the Financial Assistance Scheme has been since the scheme has been operating; and if he will make a statement.
(148604)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
532
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the figures provided by the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan for the number of Afghan civilians killed by (a) Taliban fighters and (b) NATO forces in Afghanistan.
[Transferred] (148716)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
533
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to review the current arrangements for home care for pensioners.
[Transferred] (148715)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
534
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many single (a) women and (b) men with children had their benefits restored at appeal in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (148305)
Questions to the Prime Minister
535
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, what changes have been made to the staff structure at No. 10 Downing Street since 27th June.
[Transferred] (148861)
536
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, what new positions have been created in No. 10 Downing Street since 27th June 2007.
[Transferred] (148863)
537
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, what the No. 10 Downing Street entertainments budget (a) was in July and August 2006 and (b) is in July and August 2007.
[Transferred] (148864)

 
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