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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 10 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 10 July 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 10 July 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 10 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 Tuesday 10 July of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 10 July see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what proportion of individual voluntary arrangements were made (a) pre-bankruptcy and (b) post-bankruptcy in each year since the introduction of the Enterprise Act 2002.
(148966)
2
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the insolvency provisions of the Enterprise Act 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(148967)
3
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many bankruptcy orders have been made in each year since the implementation of the Enterprise Act 2002.
(148968)
4
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many (a) fast-track voluntary arrangements and (b) post-bankruptcy individual voluntary arrangements have been made in each year since the introduction of the Enterprise Act 2002.
(148969)
5
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the carbon content is of grid electricity; and what targets the Government is setting to reduce that carbon content.
(148653)
6
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the carbon content of grid electricity is reduced.
(148654)
7
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the low carbon potential of electric heating is realised.
(148655)
8
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will set up an inquiry into the accounts of the Stuffed Shirt Company following its liquidation.
(148617)
9
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 26th June 2007, Official Report, column 621W, on Iran: export credit guarantees, whether his Department has received information from other European countries to the effect that they have limited the provision of export credit guarantees to Iran; and if he will make a statement.
(148973)
10
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which external consultants have been appointed by his Department to assess private sector bids for involvement in the Energy Technologies Institute.
(148910)
11
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the cost has been of establishing the Energy Technologies Institute.
(148911)
12
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the expenditure of each regional development agency was on hospitality and entertainment in each year since 1997.
(148912)
13
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the value of payments made by the Union Modernisation Fund was in each year for which figures are available.
(148922)
14
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what plans he has to replace the banners in the window of his Department's building at 1 Victoria Street.
(148925)
15
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2007, Official Report, columns 1283-4W, on Government Shareholding, what the nature and status is of the special shares held by his Department in (a) Rolls Royce plc and (b) British Aerospace plc.
(148946)
16
N
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 (a) employees of, (b) board members of and (c) individuals sponsored by the regional development agencies (RDAs) in the last three calendar years, broken down by RDA; and what the total cost was of such flights.
(148416)
17
N
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 26th June 2007, Official Report, columns 619-20W, on Departments: aviation, how many flights to overseas destinations were taken by officials from (a) outside his core Department and its predecessor, (b) the Patent Office and (c) the Competition Commission in each of the last three calendar years; and what the total cost was of such flights.
(148417)
18
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if his Department will take steps to safeguard the role played in local communities by independent locally-run shops.
(148965)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
19
N
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in England have been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer.
(148771)
20
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in West Chelmsford were released from (a) working and (b) child tax credit repayments in each of the last four years.
(148546)
21
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in West Chelmsford have been overpaid (a) working and (b) child tax credits in each of the last four years.
(148547)
22
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in West Chelmsford have been in receipt of (a) working and (b) child tax credits in each of the last four years.
(148548)
23
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what average hourly pay was for each (a) quartile, (b) decile and (c) duo-decile in each year since 1992.
(148767)
24
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) mean and (b) median hourly pay was in each year since 1992.
(148768)
25
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what occasions (a) he or his predecessor, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) representatives of his Department met the Football Association to discuss an English bid for the 2018 World Cup (i) before the feasibility study by his Department and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport into holding the World Cup in England began and (ii) while the study was in progress; and what such meetings have taken place since the study was completed.
(148963)
26
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what mechanisms were put in place in his Department prior to March 2003 to estimate the likely cost of military operations in Iraq.
(148895)
27
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment his Department has made of the value-for-money of expenditure on (a) military operations and (b) reconstruction in Iraq.
(148896)
28
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was allocated in the 2004 Spending Review to be spent on reconstruction in Iraq, broken down by (a) the Department to which it was allocated and (b) (i) capital and (ii) resource spending.
(148897)
29
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what procedures his Department has in place for assessing the amount to place in the Special Reserve each year to cover the cost of operations in Iraq.
(148898)
30
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department made before the 2003 Budget of the cost of the (a) war and (b) reconstruction in Iraq in each of the subsequent five financial years.
(148899)
31
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) individuals and (b) households were in receipt of either child tax credit or working tax credit in each year for which figures are available.
(148909)
32
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total value was of rewards paid to informers by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 1997.
(148916)
33
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to continue the arrangements for special advisers to work on a Council of Economic Advisers.
(148923)
34
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average time taken to process tax rebates on mileage allowances was in each region in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(148930)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
35
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools in Bournemouth are under special measures; and how long this has been the case in each instance.
(148545)
36
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the (a) total value and (b) estimated cost is to the public purse in each financial year until 2050 of private finance initiative contracts signed under the Building Schools for the Future programme.
(148900)
37
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools are being (a) built and (b) refurbished under the Academies programme; and how many in each category are being built or refurbished under the private finance initiative.
(148901)
38
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with which potential sponsors of city academies his Department is holding discussions.
(148917)
39
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what target his Department has been set by HM Treasury as part of the Comprehensive Spending Review settlement announced in the 2007 Budget for efficiency savings over the period covered by the Review.
(148918)
40
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidance documents his Department has issued to local authorities on co-sponsorship of schools under the academies programme.
(148919)
41
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which academies that (a) have opened have been and (b) are under development will be delivered through Partnerships for Schools.
(148920)
42
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter sent by the Department for Education and Skills to Partnerships for Schools asking it to take on the delivery of academies.
(148921)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
43
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the salary range is for each pay band of civil servants in the Cabinet Office.
(148908)
44
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when his Department will respond to the letter dated 4th June from the hon. Member for North Norfolk on guests to Chequers.
(148772)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
45
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the running cost was of the Government Office of the South West in each of the last five years.
(147947)
46
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the running cost of the South West Regional Assembly was in each of the last five years.
(147948)
47
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what targets for building homes Bournemouth Borough Council is expected to meet; and by when.
(147949)
48
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her estimate is of the number of homes built in Bournemouth in each of the last five years which have been purchased as second homes.
(148314)
49
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she received Hextable's application for separate parish status; and when she expects to make a decision on the application.
(148652)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
50
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 19th January 2007, Official Report, column 1360W, on departmental studies, when he intends to place the rest of the requested documents in the Library.
(148948)
51
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on what occasions (a) he or his predecessor, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) representatives of his Department met the Football Association to discuss an English bid for the 2018 World Cup (i) before the feasibility study by the Treasury and his Department into holding the World Cup in England began, (ii) while the study was in progress; and what such meetings have taken place since the study was completed.
(148964)
52
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) management consultants and (b) external consultants and advisors were employed by his Department in each year since 2000.
(149003)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
53
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of (a) his Department's final bid to HM Treasury for resources in the 2004 Spending Review and (b) the final settlement letter from HM Treasury setting out his Department's expenditure limits for the period covered by the Review.
(148892)
54
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's estimate was in March 2003 of the cost of operations in Iraq in each of the subsequent five financial years.
(148893)
55
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on operations in Iraq from (a) its annual Delegated Expenditure Limits for resource spending, (b) its annual Delegated Expenditure Limits for capital spending and (c) by drawing down expenditure from HM Treasury's unallocated special reserve in each financial year since 2002-03.
(148894)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
56
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what evidential basis the Environment Agency reaches its conclusions about the probability of particular flooding episodes; whether any change will be made to the Agency's mechanisms for assessing that probability following the recent floods; and if he will make a statement.
(148949)
57
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the (a) number of deaths, (b) number of homes flooded, (c) amount of damage caused by floods and (d) the insured losses arising from floods in each of the last 10 years.
(148950)
58
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he intends to revise the Government's first response to the Making Space for Water consultation following the recent floods.
(148951)
59
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will assess the effectiveness of pumps in pumping stations during the recent flooding of Hull, Doncaster, Sheffield and other areas.
(148952)
60
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what standards are required of water companies to ensure that pumping stations for drainage of low-lying areas are themselves protected against flooding.
(148953)
61
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many homes have been (a) built, (b) built on flood plains, (c) built in areas of significant flood risk and (d) built against the advice of the Environment Agency due to flood risk in (i) each region and (ii) England in the last 10 years.
(148954)
62
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many homes there are (a) in designated development sites in each standard region, (b) in such sites that are situated in floodplains and (c) in such sites in significant flood risk areas; and if he will make a statement.
(148955)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
63
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of Palestinian Authority employees in Gaza who will receive salary remittances via restored EU funding through the Temporary International Mechanism.
(148958)
64
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of reports that the government of Pakistan has relaxed the conditions of AQ Khan's house arrest; and whether he has made representations to the government of Pakistan on this subject.
(148959)
65
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of Hezbollah activity in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(148960)
66
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of Palestinians who have left Gaza since 12th June as a result of the violence and change in administration there; and if he will make a statement.
(148961)
67
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent proposals have been put to Iranian representatives by the EU High Representative on modalities for the opening of negotiations on Iran's nuclear programme.
(148962)
68
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 217W, on Sudan: peacekeeping operations, whether it is UK policy that the forthcoming UN Security Council resolution mandating the deployment of the AU-UN hybrid force should include provision for a no-fly zone and enhanced air monitoring in Darfur.
(148976)
69
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 218W, on Sudan: peacekeeping operations, how many African troops the UN is seeking to source for the AU-UN hybrid force; how many African countries have indicated their willingness to supply troops; and when a decision on whether to begin sourcing non-African troops would be made.
(148977)
70
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on (a) the (i) strength, (ii) leadership and (iii) political objectives of the Ugandan People's Redemption Army and (b) the length of time it has been active; whether it has attacked property in Uganda; and if he will make a statement.
(148926)
71
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the transition to multi-party democracy in Uganda; whether the ideological training institute at Kyankwanzi is still in use; and if he will make a statement.
(148927)
72
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department has spent on reconstruction in Iraq in each financial year since 2002-03.
(148971)
73
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings he and Ministers in his Department have had with the EU on internet censorship; and what was discussed.
(148444)
74
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to (a) the Portuguese government and (b) the EU on President Mugabe's attendance at the Lisbon Summit in December 2006.
(148006)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
75
N
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Cancer Reform Strategy will include plans to introduce national monitoring of the incidence of metastatic breast cancer.
(148770)
76
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for West Chelmsford's intervention on 3rd July, Official Report, column 854, in the Access to the NHS Services debate and following the meeting of the then Minister of State with the hon. Member for West Chelmsford on 16th May 2007, on the proposed independent sector treatment centre (ISTC) at Braintree, when he expects to reply to the right hon. Member for West Chelmsford on the impact of the ISTC on Broomfield Hospital.
(148116)
77
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the final settlement letter his Department received from HM Treasury as part of the 2002 Spending Review process.
(148902)
78
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date his Department received the approval of HM Treasury for the new contract for the delivery of General Medical Services in the form in which it was agreed in June 2003.
(148906)
79
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision was made in his Department's 2002 Spending Review settlement to finance out-of-hours care.
(148907)
80
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, column 747W, on NHS: ICT, in which document the Cabinet Office best practice is set out.
(148940)
81
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, column 257W, on junior doctors: training, who the members of the project board were.
(148941)
82
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, columns 235-6W, on Departments: Delivery Unit, how many copies of the final report of each review were produced; and to whom they were distributed.
(148942)
83
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, columns 235-6W, on Departments: Delivery Unit, how many recommendations were made by each of the listed reviews to (a) the NHS, (b) his Department and (c) other Government departments.
(148943)
84
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 246W, on general practitioners, on what dates discussions have taken place at ministerial level since June 2003 as part of the process of reviewing the General Medical Services contract.
(148944)
85
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 246W, on general practitioners, on what dates regular discussions have been held with NHS Confederation, now NHS Employers.
(148945)
86
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which major hospital schemes with a capital value over £20 million reached financial close in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007 so far; which are expected to reach financial close in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008 and (iii) 2009; and what the actual or expected capital cost and completion date is of each scheme.
(148931)
87
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which treatment centres reached financial close in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007 so far; which are expected to reach financial close in (i) 2007, (ii) 2008 and (iii) 2009; and what the actual or expected capital cost and completion date is of each scheme.
(148932)
88
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS treatment centres were delivered by 2005; and for what the (a) construction costs, (b) scheduled date for start of construction, (c) expected completion date and (d) status at 31st December 2006 is of each treatment centre scheme.
(148933)
89
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will set a long-term target to eliminate the NHS estate repair backlog by April 2011; and if he will make a statement.
(148934)
90
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish a list of the members of the NHS review group led by Professor Sir Ara Darzi.
(148615)
91
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Statement of 4th July 2007, Official Report, column 970, on the NHS next stage review, on what projects the £750 million community hospital capital funding has been (a) allocated to be spent and (b) already spent; what mechanisms have been used to allocate funding; and how much has been (i) allocated and (ii) spent on each project.
(148937)
92
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria his Department uses to assess the needs of primary care trusts in taking decisions to allocate capital funding for community hospitals.
(148938)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
93
N
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what definition her Department uses of basic biodata; who collects this information; who this information is shared with; and in what circumstances the biodata is shared with embassy and other officials of the home country of individuals from countries other than the UK.
(148773)
94
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there are plans to close police stations in Bournemouth.
(148313)
95
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many representations she has received from (a) the Black Women's Rape Action Project and (b) Legal Action for Women on (i) conditions inside Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre and (ii) the treatment of detainees, with particular reference to their treatment on route to airports; and if she will make a statement.
(148928)
96
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many detainees at Yarl's Wood Immigration Removal Centre received compensation as a result of civil claims in each of the last three years; and if she will give details of each claim.
(148929)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
97
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the expenditure of each of the research councils was on hospitality and entertainment in each year since 1997.
(148913)
98
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the projected (a) total budget and (b) administration costs of each of the research councils is for (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-10.
(148914)
99
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the (a) total expenditure and (b) total administration cost of each of the research councils was in each year since 1997.
(148915)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
100
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what decisions have been made about the eligibility for restored EU funding of Palestinian Authority employees in Gaza who were receiving allowances under the Temporary International Mechanisms before 15th June 2007.
(148956)
101
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he expects the final decision on the terms for the restoration of EU funding to the Palestinian Authority under the Temporary International Mechanism to be made; and when he expects the delivery of aid under the Mechanism to be resumed.
(148957)
102
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 13th June 2007 to the hon. Member for Mid Norfolk, Official Report, columns 184-5W, on Palestinians: international assistance, how many of the 71,000 Palestinian authority employees receiving allowances under the temporary international mechanism received them in (a) Gaza and (b) the West Bank.
(148974)
103
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what bodies his Department consulted in or before March 2003 on the likely cost of the reconstruction of Iraq in the event of military action being taken against that country.
(148904)
104
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's estimate was in March 2003 of the cost of reconstruction in Iraq in each of the subsequent five financial years.
(148905)
105
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much his Department has spent on reconstruction in Iraq in each financial year since 2002-03.
(148972)
Questions to the Prime Minister
106
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will place in the Library copies of the letters of appointment of each of the Ministers in the Government.
(148924)
107
N
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the cost of the machinery of government changes he has made.
(148616)
108
N
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle):To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has responded to the House of Lords Appointments Commission's concerns about the UK tax status of Lord Laidlaw; and if he will make a statement.
(148769)
109
N
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Prime Minister, what the responsibilities are of the newly appointed regional ministers; and which public bodies are accountable to them.
(148413)
110
N
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Prime Minister, to whom the newly appointed regional ministers report; and what (a) personnel and (b) financial resources are available to them to undertake their responsibilities.
(148414)
111
N
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford):To ask the Prime Minister, what powers the newly appointed regional ministers have in relation to (a) Government regional offices, (b) regional assemblies and (c) regional development agencies.
(148415)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
112
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on how many occasions in the last 12 months the Secretary of State for Scotland visited Scotland in an official capacity.
(147625)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
113
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what her plans are for the A21 upgrade between Flimwell and Robertsbridge; and if she will make a statement.
(148774)
114
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment her Department has made of the likely effect of a multi-modal integrated ticketing system on demand management through differential pricing on congested parts of the transport infrastructure.
(148995)
115
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment her Department has made of the likely effect of a multi-modal integrated ticketing system on provision of information for transport operators on journeys and timings nationally.
(148996)
116
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure that the National Multi-Modal Integrated Ticketing System operates consistently across different rail franchises.
(148997)
117
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to ensure a common scope for multi-modal ticketing projects.
(148998)
118
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Integrated Transport Smartcard Organisation specification for implementing a national multi-modal ticketing system is (a) permissive and (b) definitive.
(148999)
119
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government plans to take to develop a definitive national integrated transport smartcard organisation standard.
(149000)
120
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the Government only mandates smartcards at franchise renewal with the Integrated Transport Smartcard Organisation specification.
(149001)
121
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she expects smartcard ticketing to be available throughout the transport network.
(149002)
122
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2007, Official Report, columns 1283-4W, on Government shareholding, what the nature and status is of the special shares held by her Department in (a) Eurostar (UK) Ltd, (b) London and Continental Railways Ltd, (c) Union Railways (North) Ltd and (d) Inter-Capital and Regional Rail Ltd.
(148947)
123
N
David Howarth (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will make it her policy to support improvements in the Felixstowe to Nuneaton railway line before the final deadline for proposals for Trans-European Transport Network funding on 20th July.
(148775)
124
N
David Howarth (Cambridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions her Department has had with interested parties on proposals to improve the Felixstowe to Nuneaton railway line.
(148776)
125
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions she has had with councils on the introduction of low emission zones.
(148442)
126
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will consider introducing national guidelines for the rules and scope of local low emission zones.
(148443)
127
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions she has had with local authorities on the introduction of low emission zones.
(148544)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
128
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many participants on the New Deal for Disabled People were taking part in the scheme for the second time or more in each month since 2001.
(148891)
129
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of children living in poverty in Cornwall; and if he will make a statement.
(148970)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
130
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Prime Minister's Delivery Unit has conducted a review of financial management in the NHS.
[Transferred] (148903)
131
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 27th June 2007, column 747W, on Delivery Unit, if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance on conducting joint reviews for use in training staff.
[Transferred] (148939)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
132
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the future of post offices in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
[Question Unstarred] (147622)

 
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