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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 18 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 Wednesday 18 July 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 18 July 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 18 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 Wednesday 18 July of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 18 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, how many individual bankruptcy petitions were received by the official receivers where council tax arrears are mentioned as a significant reason in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(150891)
2
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many employment dispute mediators there were in each of the last three years; and what he expects to be the trend in this figure over the next three years.
(150793)
3
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 11th July 2007, Official Report, column 1545W, on industrial relations: disputes procedures, for what reasons his Department only supports mediation through the funding of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service; whether his Department plans to support mediation through additional means in the future; and if he will make a statement.
(150846)
4
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the annual costs of informing parties in employment disputes of their local mediation service.
(150847)
5
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether his Department holds a record of all mediation services providing employment dispute resolution services; and if he will make a statement.
(150860)
6
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether his Department's employment dispute resolution procedures involve a mediation stage.
(150861)
7
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether his Department has assessed the merits of introducing statutory (a) registration and (b) qualifications for mediators.
(150862)
8
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many representations containing concerns on increasing the use of mediation in employment disputes his Department and its predecessor have received in the last five years.
(150863)
9
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent discussions he has had with Ofcom on the review of utility bill charges for people who do not pay by direct debit.
(150759)
10
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what research he has (a) conducted and (b) evaluated on the possible use of wave energy systems in the UK.
(150605)
11
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps he has taken to promote the generation of renewable energy locally by individuals and communities.
(150606)
12
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what incentives his Department has put in place to encourage consumers to switch to renewable energy sources.
(150608)
13
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department has taken to ensure the use and sale of cleaner coal and gas across the UK.
(150609)
14
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what incentives his Department has put in place to encourage local businesses to support the use of renewable energy in their offices and factories.
(150610)
15
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what proportion of electricity was generated by renewable sources in the UK in the last period for which figures are available.
(150618)
16
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will undertake research into the sulphur content of coal mined in the United Kingdom.
(150716)
17
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many complaints his Department has received of alleged price fixing by (a) the brewing industry and (b) companies which own public houses.
(150720)
18
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will ask the Serious Fraud Office to investigate allegations of the abuse of market share of (a) brewing companies and (b) leisure companies with large managed and tenanted public house property portfolios.
(150721)
19
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will list the schemes available to support entrepreneurs in Torbay; and what the budget is of each.
(150811)
20
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will commission research into the level of (a) awards to and (b) costs incurred by successful claimants at employment tribunals; and if he will make a statement.
(150549)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
21
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to support the application of Israel to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); what discussions he has had with the OECD about the issue; and if he will make a statement.
(150996)
22
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers and officials from his Department have had with the government of Israel on its application to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; and if he will make a statement.
(150997)
23
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions (a) he and (b) Ministers and officials from his Department have had with the US Administration on the application of Israel to join the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; and if he will make a statement.
(150998)
24
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 20th June 2007, Official Report, column 1888W, on the Valuation Office Agency: Hong Kong, whether the Agency provided valuation advice on (a) domestic valuations and (b) business valuations.
(150626)
25
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath of 20th June 2007, Official Report, column 1888W, on the Valuation Office Agency: Freedom of Information, what the subject was of each request made in 2006; and what the outcome was of each request.
(150627)
26
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many telescopic viewers the Valuation Office Agency has purchased in the last 36 months; and at what cost.
(150629)
27
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was raised on stamp duty on property in 2006-07 in (a) the United Kingdom and (b) England.
(150630)
28
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 15th June 2007, Official Report, column 1424W, on the Valuation Office Agency, if he will place in the Library a copy of the review.
(150631)
29
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what access (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) the Valuation Office Agency have to (i) Census data and (ii) Census test data.
(150639)
30
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what access the Valuation Office Agency (VOA) has to data held by HM Revenue and Customs to assist the VOA in its statutory functions.
(150642)
31
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the written submissions by HM Revenue and Customs to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department for Communities and Local Government on home information packs.
(150665)
32
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the change in (a) inheritance tax revenue and (b) stamp duty revenue on property due to fiscal drag since 1997.
(150668)
33
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the reasons are for the timing of the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(150673)
34
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was received from stamp duty on (a) residential property and (b) business property in the United Kingdom in 1996-97; and how much is expected to be received in 2007-08.
(150674)
35
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to date has been of the review into non-domicile taxation, broken down into (a) staff costs, (b) administration costs, (c) office costs, (d) stationery costs, (e) entertainment costs and (f) other costs; and if he will make a statement.
(150884)
36
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff in his Department were formally reprimanded for failing to follow departmental procedures in relation to calculating the (a) income tax and (b) national insurance liabilities of individuals in each of the last five years for which data is available; and if he will make a statement.
(150890)
37
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of the monetary benefit of the cut in the basic rate of income tax announced in Budget 2007 to take effect in April 2008 will go to (a) the poorest 10 per cent. of the population and (b) the richest 40 per cent. of the population; and if he will make a statement.
(150897)
38
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many investigations were undertaken into the income and assets held overseas by non-domiciled UK taxpayers in each of the last five years for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.
(150898)
39
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff have worked on the review of non-domicile taxation carried out by his Department since 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(150899)
40
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many births there were in each month since January 2001.
(150955)
41
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were (a) overpaid and (b) underpaid tax credits in each year since their inception in (i) Hampshire and (ii) England.
(151040)
42
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was overpaid to recipients of tax credits in Hereford constituency in the last 12 months for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(150756)
43
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of UK GDP was spent on the defence budget, excluding the costs of campaigns in Afghanistan and Iraq, in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(149879)
44
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on treating employee assistance programmes as taxable benefits.
(151073)
45
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department of Work and Pensions on taxation of employee assistance programmes operated for that Department's staff.
(151074)
46
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which taxes are levied for reasons which include an aspect of meeting an environmental policy objective; and if he will make a statement.
(150809)
47
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the customs arrangements were for the Tour de France UK leg in terms of drugs and medicines being (a) brought in and (b) taken out of the UK by teams.
(150810)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
48
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the ability of schools in disadvantaged communities to pay 50 per cent. of the costs of engagement in the Creative Partnership programme; and if he will make a statement.
(150905)
49
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has to increase funding to extend the Creative Partnership programme to more schools in England; and if he will make a statement.
(150906)
50
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the amount spent on the education of deaf children in Norfolk in each of the last five years.
(150867)
51
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will assess the effectiveness of the process for (a) the education of deaf children and (b) the appeal process against allocation decisions.
(150868)
52
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children were considered to be living in poverty in each year since 1997.
(151052)
53
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the effect of the targets on adoption on the numbers of children remaining with their birth families.
(150788)
54
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the principal responsibilities are of Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service support workers.
(150869)
55
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether sufficient numbers of solicitors have reapplied for appointment on family panels.
(150872)
56
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will publish in full responses received to the Government's consultation on improving transparency and privacy in family courts; and what action he proposes to take as a result of the consultation.
(150927)
57
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his latest estimate is of the proportion of secondary school pupils in England who are taught in classes with (a) setting, (b) streaming and (c) no setting or streaming; and if he will make a statement.
(150670)
58
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of English school pupils taking (a) hot and (b) cold school lunches in each reporting period in each year since 1990-91; and if he will make a statement.
(150671)
59
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what discretionary funding schemes there are for schools administered by his Department; what the (a) purpose and (b) cost of the scheme was in each case in each year since 2004-05; what the budget is for each in each year to 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.
(150672)
60
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of schools have more than (a) 50 per cent. of pupils on the special needs register, (b) 30 per cent. of pupils on the special needs register, (c) 20 per cent. of pupils on the special needs register, (d) 10 per cent. of children with statements and (e) 20 per cent. of children with statements.
(150675)
61
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools in each local education authority applied for expansion in each year since 1996-97; how many requests were granted in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(150676)
62
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools appealed against their local education authority number on the basis of its being too (a) low and (b) high in each year since 1996-97; and what proportion of appeals was successful in each year.
(150677)
63
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of GCSE entries from (a) independent schools and (b) state schools scored an A* or A grade in each year since 1990-91.
(150678)
64
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what average mark was necessary to secure an (a) A* grade, (b) A grade, (c) B grade and (d) C grade in GCSE (i) English, (ii) mathematics, (iii) physics, (iv) history, (v) geography, (vi) French, (vi) Latin and (vii) chemistry in each year since 1991-92.
(150679)
65
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of public spending on private education for children with special educational needs in each year since 1997-98; how much has been allocated for this purpose in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(150680)
66
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools have been placed in special measures since 1996; and how many of these have been in special measures for (a) less than one year, (b) more than one year, (c) more than two years, (d) more than three years, (e) more than four years, (f) more than five years and (g) more than six years.
(150681)
67
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools were classed as requiring significant improvement in each reporting period since 2005.
(150682)
68
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools in special measures in each reporting period since 2003 had come from serious weakness or requiring significant improvement categorisation; and if he will make a statement.
(150683)
69
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which schools in special measures have been in such a category for over two years, broken down by date of special measures declaration.
(150684)
70
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of schools experienced persistent unsatisfactory behaviour in each reporting period from 1996-97 to 2007-08.
(150685)
71
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of pupils at the top performing 100 secondary schools qualify for free school meals; what proportion of pupils in their catchment areas were eligible for free school meals; and if he will make a statement.
(150686)
72
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether it is his policy to make all secondary schools independent specialist schools; and if he will make a statement.
(150687)
73
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidance has been given to local education authorities in relation to surplus school places and the reintroduction of new schools; and if he will make a statement.
(150688)
74
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of secondary schools contained more than 1,000 pupils in each year from 1990-91 to 2007-08.
(150689)
75
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has to increase the representation of parents on school organisation committees; and if he will make a statement.
(150690)
76
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what change there has been in the number of teaching assistants in England since 1996-97; what assessment he has made of the effects of that change on levels of pupil attainment; and if he will make a statement.
(150691)
77
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average primary school class size in English schools was in each year since 1990-91; and if he will make a statement.
(150692)
78
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of resources allocated to schools capital funding will go to academies in each year from 1999-2000 to 2015-16; and if he will make a statement.
(150693)
79
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what average number of hours (a) primary school age and (b) secondary school age pupils spent in school in each year since 1985-86; and what figure has been estimated for 2007-08.
(150694)
80
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many statements of special educational needs were issued in each year since 1994-95, broken down by local authority; and what proportion of children in each authority had statements in the latest year for which information is available.
(150695)
81
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the annual cost of reducing class sizes at Key Stage 1 in English schools to (a) 20 or fewer and (b) 25 or fewer.
(150696)
82
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of 17 year olds in England are not in education, employment or training.
(150697)
83
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average time taken was to carry out an assessment for a statement of special educational needs in each year since 1996-97, broken down by local education authority; and if he will make a statement.
(150698)
84
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent estimate he has made of funding per head for pupils in (a) academies and (b) all secondary schools in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(150699)
85
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent estimate he has made of the (a) annual and (b) net present value costs of the Building Schools for the Future programme in each year between 2003-04 and 2020-21; and if he will make a statement.
(150700)
86
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will make a statement on his plans for the inspection of local education authorities.
(150701)
87
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many new schools were established in England in each year since 1980-81.
(150702)
88
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of schools funding is distributed without reference to pupil numbers; and if he will make a statement.
(150703)
89
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he is taking to improve access to mental health services for children; and if he will make a statement.
(150750)
90
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, in what proportion of English secondary schools less than (a) 50 per cent., (b) 40 per cent., (c) 30 per cent., (d) 20 per cent., (e) 10 per cent. and (f) 5 per cent. of pupils received five GCSEs at A*-C in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(150751)
91
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils there were in English primary schools at Key Stage (a) 1 and (b) 2 equivalent in each year since 1985-86; and if he will make a statement.
(150752)
92
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools have taken up (a) foundation and (b) trust status.
(150802)
93
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average waiting time was for a speech therapy assessment in each English local education authority in the last period for which figures are available.
(150803)
94
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many fixed period exclusions were made in each year since 1994-95, broken down by local education authority (LEA); and what proportion of children were on fixed period exclusions in each LEA in the latest year for which figures are available.
(150804)
95
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of headteachers in England are within (a) one year, (b) two years, (c) three years, (d) five years and (e) 10 years of standard pension age; and if he will make a statement.
(150805)
96
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the funding per pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools in each English local education authority in the latest period for which figures are available.
(150812)
97
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the average capital cost per pupil of (a) an academy and (b) a local education authority controlled state secondary school; and if he will make a statement.
(150813)
98
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which 20 secondary schools in England had the (a) most and (b) least funding per pupil in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(150836)
99
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the capital cost was of each academy (a) opened and (b) planned since 2002.
(150837)
100
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what value for money assessment of academies has been (a) completed and (b) planned; and if he will make a statement.
(150838)
101
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children were placed in schools other than their first place preference school in each local education authority in each year since 1996-97.
(150839)
102
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his latest estimate is of the average level of funding per pupil in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools; and what proportion of funding per pupil was delivered through local education authorities in each year since 1996-97.
(150840)
103
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the expected cost to the public purse of school improvement partners in each year from 2007-08 to 2010-11.
(150876)
104
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what increased resources are provided to schools on the basis of higher staff costs in some parts of the country; what the basis is of this allocation policy; and if he will make a statement.
(150886)
105
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the total spending by his Department was on anti-truancy programmes in each year since1996-97; and what assessment of value for money has been made of such spending.
(150887)
106
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of funding for schools is largely unrelated to school numbers; and if he will make a statement.
(150888)
107
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what schemes will be funded in 2008-09 with the (a) Standards Fund, (b) School Standard Grant, (c) Information and Communications Technology Scheme and (d) academics and specialist schools budget.
(150889)
108
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of children in each English academy (a) were admitted on the basis of aptitude, (b) were entitled to free school meals and (c) secured five grades A-C at GCSE in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(150909)
109
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what total sponsorship each academy (a) has received to date and (b) has had pledged; and if he will make a statement.
(150910)
110
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people the Government estimates will have access to ContactPoint.
(150733)
111
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, in what circumstances sensitive material, as defined by the Data Protection Act 1998, will appear on the ContactPoint database.
(150734)
112
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children and young people under the age of 18 years were admitted to hospital due to the ingestion of (a) illegal drugs and (b) volatile substances in each of the last five years.
(150737)
113
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children and young people were sent to a penal establishment for breaching their anti-social behaviour order in each of the last three years.
(150738)
114
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children and young people received an anti-social behaviour order in each of the last three years.
(150739)
115
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many civil servants are working for his Department.
(150740)
116
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) part-time and (b) full-time school nurses were employed by local authorities in each of the last three years.
(150741)
117
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of (a) all children and (b) looked-after children over the age of 16 years were in full-time education in each of the last five years.
(150742)
118
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of children subject to a care order attend (a) a community school, (b) a foundation school, (c) a specialist school, (d) a city technology college, (e) an academy, (f) a community or foundation special school, (g) a faith school and (h) a grammar school.
(150743)
119
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will list the schemes which have received funding under the Parents as Partners in Early Learning project.
(150744)
120
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what total budget has been allocated to the Parents as Partners in Early Learning project.
(150745)
121
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how the effectiveness of the ContactPoint Audit system will be monitored.
(150746)
122
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, in what circumstances people will have access to ContactPoint without having first undergone a Criminal Records Bureau check.
(150747)
123
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children were adopted in each local authority in England in each of the last three years; and what the target increases in adoption rates were in each case.
(151066)
124
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which local authorities have received payments from central government for achieving adoption target levels; and how much each received in each of the last three years.
(151067)
125
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children under the age of one had care proceedings initiated for them in each of the last three years.
(151068)
126
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many adoptions were challenged by the birth parent in each of the last three years.
(151069)
127
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what provision is made in the national curriculum for educating children about renewable energy; and what measures are in place to ensure that all school children are suitably educated about climate change.
(150611)
128
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidance he has issued to schools on checking the contents of children's home-made packed-lunches; and if he will make a statement.
(150817)
129
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will commission research on the performance of pupils with hayfever at (a) GCSE and (b) A level; and if he will make a statement.
(150818)
130
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will take steps to ensure that advice is provided by the Joint Council for Qualifications to examination centres on provision to be made for those affected by hayfever during an examination.
(150845)
131
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of (a) beef, (b) sheep meat, (c) pork and (d) dairy products used in his Department in the most recent period for which figures are available were imported products.
(150798)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
132
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many domestic dwellings with four or more bedrooms were sold in England in the last 12 months according to figures held by the Valuation Office Agency.
(150654)
133
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons the Valuation Office Agency requested access to the Home Condition Report register in its submissions to the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister and the Department for Communities and Local Government.
(150667)
134
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities pursue council tax arrears using petitions for bankruptcy; and if she will make a statement.
(150885)
135
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will issue guidance to local authorities on the pursuance of council tax arrears using petitions for bankruptcy; and if she will make a statement.
(150893)
136
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what studies have been undertaken by her Department on the levels of rent paid by private sector tenants and their security of tenure; and whether there are any plans to change policy in this areas.
(150508)
137
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects the national calculation methodology for delivering the energy performance of buildings to be made available; and when it will be included within the building regulations.
(150928)
138
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of how local authorities make use of the additional income raised through the discretionary council tax levy they can raise from second homes; and what proportion of resources are deployed to contribute to meeting local housing need.
(150937)
139
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department paid to local authorities to compensate them for the income foregone through the 50 per cent. council tax discount available for second home owners in each year for which records are available since 2000.
(150938)
140
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and which council tax collecting authorities which include domestic properties entitled to a council tax discount for second homes have not decided to use their discretionary powers to levy an additional 40 per cent. charge.
(150939)
141
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much subsidy has been paid to local authorities to compensate them for the 50 per cent. council tax discount available for second home owners since the council tax system was introduced.
(150940)
142
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of all properties for which council tax is payable in each local authority were entitled to a second home discount in each year since 2000.
(150941)
143
Andrew George (St Ives):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which council tax collecting authorities took advantage of the opportunity to levy (a) part and (b) all of the discretionary additional charge from those domestic council tax payers who are entitled to the 50 per cent. second home discount in each year for which records are available; and which political party controlled each authority at the time of collection.
(150951)
144
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people in (a) Romsey, (b) Southampton and (c) Hampshire are on waiting lists for social housing; and how many units of social housing have been built in (i) Romsey, (ii) Southampton and (iii) Hampshire since 1997.
(151038)
145
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the average age of (a) males and (b) females, when they move out of the parental home; and what the average age of first time buyers in (i) Hampshire and (ii) England was in each year since 1997.
(151039)
146
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding her Department provides to support (a) youth councils and (b) other youth organisations in Hampshire.
(151043)
147
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the Government spent on organisations to help the homeless in (a) Southampton, (b) Hampshire and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(151046)
148
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many new mobile telephone masts were erected in (a) Hampshire and (b) England in each year since 1997.
(151048)
149
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether any Government-owned sites in Warrington have been identified as suitable for the provision of social or low-cost housing; and whether any discussions have taken place with other agencies about whether any sites they own could be released for housing provision.
(150711)
150
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people were sleeping rough (a) three months ago, (b) six months ago, (c) 12 months ago and (d) at the most recent date for which figures are available.
(150894)
151
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects to bring forward proposals for a new statutory definition of overcrowding.
(150900)
152
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of homes will require an Energy Performance Certificate to confirm the home's energy efficiency and to indicate its environmental performance by (a) 2010 and (b) 2020.
(150612)
153
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will hold discussions with her Australian counterpart on lessons which can be drawn from public policy on matters of social cohesion in Australia.
(150732)
154
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) objections and (b) letters of support were received within the specified time limit in respect of the Calor Gas LNG applications (a) CPT/3/06/HAZ, (b) CPT/4/06/FUL and (c) CPT413/06/FUL.
(150807)
155
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on separation distances between sites with potential for major accidents and residential areas in common usage amongst major international comparators; and if she will make a statement.
(150808)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
156
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will hold discussions with the BBC and other media organisations on the potential use of their public interest role to further the debate launched by the Prime Minister on democratic reform; and if he will make a statement.
(150908)
157
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd May 2007, Official Report, column 1709W, on tourism, when his Department plans to publish the tourism strategy for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
(150903)
158
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has spent on sport and culture in (a) Southampton and (b) Hampshire since 1997.
(151061)
159
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to assist in the establishment of the European Digital Library.
(150789)
160
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Mallin Report on basketball.
(150991)
161
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will discuss with the Chancellor of the Exchequer the removal of VAT on sports tuition to help schools and local councils provide sports training for young people.
(150911)
162
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assistance is planned for improvements to the infrastructure for local radio in the Western Isles.
(150313)
163
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with Ofcom and the other strategic partners on a commitment to a date for first transmission by the Gaelic language television channel; and what the outcome of such discussions has been.
(150314)
164
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, on which (a) channels and (b) broadcasting platforms the Gaelic language television channel will be available; and if he will make a statement.
(150315)
165
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will commission research into the use of digital radio mondiale compared to digital audio broadcasting.
(150858)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
166
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he has had with his US counterpart in respect of reducing the number of United States free-fall nuclear bombs stored at RAF Lakenheath.
(150177)
167
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Aldershot of 7th February 2007, Official Report, columns 924-6W, on military attaches, what the total cost is of maintaining the attache/adviser network; and what the value is of the Foreign Office contribution to the cost which is being withdrawn.
(150178)
168
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military exercises were cancelled due to a lack of blank ammunition in each of the last two years.
(150624)
169
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to be able to make an announcement on the order for the Future Aircraft Carriers; and what the reason is for the time taken to do so.
(149880)
170
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether a decision has been taken in principle to retain all three naval bases.
(149881)
171
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the strategic implications of the decline in the number of British Merchant Navy vessels.
(149882)
172
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what limitations have been imposed on Royal Navy heavyweight torpedo firings following adverse environmental impact assessments in respect of the copper guidance wires; and if he will make a statement.
(149883)
173
N
Mr Elfyn Llwyd (Meirionnydd Nant Conwy):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what expenditure has been incurred since 14th March 2007 on (a) the Trident D5 missile life extension programme and (b) the initial review of the need to replace the Vanguard-class ballistic-missile submarine platform for Trident D5 nuclear weapons systems.
(150265)
174
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent on providing education in independent schools for the children of (a) officers and (b) other ranks of the armed forces in the last year for which figures are available.
(150902)
175
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what safeguards the Government has put in place to ensure that (a) national security and (b) sensitive design and manufacture systems are safeguarded from foreign powers following the auction of the Government stake in the Atomic Weapons Establishment.
(150724)
176
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department plans to seek planning permission for more housing development at Arborfield Garrison prior to disposal of surplus property and land.
(150923)
177
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what area of land at Arborfield Garrison he expects to become surplus to his Department's requirements by 2012; and how much of that area is designated brownfield.
(150924)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
178
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to publish a draft Marine Bill.
(151044)
179
Mr James Arbuthnot (North East Hampshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 85W, on lorries: exhaust emissions, what plans he has to (a) to undertake and (b) to commission further research into the effects of HGV emissions on (i) special protection areas, (ii) sites of special scientific interest and (iii) sites of importance for nature conservation.
(150871)
180
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent meetings he has had with Ministerial colleagues to discuss future flood prevention.
(150865)
181
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of levels of fish stocks in UK waters.
(150080)
182
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to assist the education of school children in the West Midlands in nature and farming.
(150081)
183
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's most recent estimate is of the number of farms in the UK, broken down by region.
(150082)
184
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of long-term future water supply.
(150083)
185
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress has been made in developing a vaccine against bovine tuberculosis for (a) badgers and (b) cows; and if he will make a statement.
(150623)
186
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cattle have been slaughtered as a precaution against bovine tuberculosis in the last five years; and what proportion of those cattle were confirmed to have been infected with the disease.
(150625)
187
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 17th May 2007, Official Report, column 887W, on nature conservation: EC action, if he will list the information on compensatory measures supplied to the European Commission as required under Article 6(4) of the Habitats Directive.
(150920)
188
Mr David Kidney (Stafford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to give greater weight in the higher level scheme to land management measures that would reduce the risk to communities from flooding.
(150760)
189
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research his Department has conducted into the relative efficiency, in terms of land use, of producing organic and non-organic crops.
(150114)
190
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimates his Department has made of illegal fishing volumes (a) inland and (b) at sea; and if he will make a statement.
(150115)
191
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what incentives are in place to encourage farmers to work with the Government to provide renewable sources of energy from agricultural waste.
(150607)
192
Dr Alasdair McDonnell (Belfast South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of residents use solar water heating systems in England.
(150619)
193
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether a full assessment is planned of the damage caused by the recent floods in England.
(150613)
194
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will establish an independent inquiry into the recent floods in the north of England.
(150614)
195
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reason previously planned flood defence schemes for areas at risk did not go ahead in 2007.
(150616)
196
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will assess the case for extension to other areas of the flood alleviation scheme in Scunthorpe constituency where money from the Rural Development Fund is used to reward farmers for using their land to retain water upstream from towns to prevent flood damage.
(150617)
197
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assistance is available to farmers to compensate for their loss of crops in flood-affected areas.
(150820)
198
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the procedure is for signing up to receive flood warnings from the Environment Agency; and whether it is free to use.
(150821)
199
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the take up is of the automatic flood warning system in (a) North Yorkshire, (b) South Yorkshire, (c) East Yorkshire and (d) England.
(150822)
200
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to review the flood warning system.
(150823)
201
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received on recruiting voluntary wardens to distribute flood warnings in person.
(150824)
202
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the reliability of automatic flood warning systems via (a) landline, (b) answer phone to a landline and (c) mobile phone.
(150825)
203
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will list the research projects funded by his Department into issues related to animal health and welfare in each of the last 10 years; and how much funding was allocated to each project.
(150632)
204
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will list the research projects which have been funded by his Department into the impact of livestock husbandry on climate change.
(150633)
205
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will list the published papers resulting from research funded by his Department at Woodchester Park into aspects of (a) badgers and (b) bovine tuberculosis; in which journal each was published; and on what date.
(150634)
206
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency's choice of sites for storing nuclear waste.
(150727)
207
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will commission research to quantify the amount of carbon dioxide emissions generated by imports to the UK of Chinese-manufactured goods.
(150800)
208
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the reasons for the level of recycling of timber; and what steps he is taking to increase the level.
(150706)
209
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of (a) beef, (b) sheep meat, (c) pork and (d) dairy products used in his Department in the most recent period for which figures are available were imported products.
(150799)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
210
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1701; and if he will make a statement.
(150947)
211
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what account he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take of the Hamas charter in assessing Hamas's suitability as a partner for peace in the Middle East; what recent representations he has received on the matter; and if he will make a statement.
(150948)
212
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent instructions he has given to (a) officials and (b) his diplomatic representatives on contacts with Hamas in (i) the West Bank and (ii) Gaza; and if he will make a statement.
(150949)
213
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it Government policy to sell arms to Israel to assist that country in fighting terrorism; and if he will make a statement.
(150950)
214
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Palestinian authorities on the production of children's videos encouraging attacks on Israeli citizens; and if he will make a statement.
(150994)
215
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to Arab governments on the production of children's videos encouraging attacks on Israeli citizens; and if he will make a statement.
(150995)
216
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which embassies had the seniority of their ambassadors downgraded in each of the last five years.
(151030)
217
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his latest assessment is of Iran's military nuclear capability.
(150179)
218
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the UN Secretary General on the possibility of a referendum on the future of the Western Sahara; and if he will make a statement.
(150507)
219
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the implementation of the Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement security protocols.
(150942)
220
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what matters are to be discussed at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in November; what the Government's objectives for that meeting are; and if he will make a statement.
(150264)
221
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK recognised the validity of Tibetan passports for travel to the UK before the Chinese invasion of Tibet.
(151001)
222
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the implementation of the Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement; whether the deadlines in Appendix A of the agreement have been met; and if he will make a statement.
(151031)
223
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was spent on providing education in independent schools for the children of employees of his Department (a) who are based in the UK and (b) in total in the last year for which figures are available.
(150916)
224
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Taiwan on its plan to expand its civil nuclear energy programme.
(150715)
225
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether a document containing proposals relating to the decisions taken at the European Council on 21st and 22nd June, referred to in Presidential Conclusions (Doc. 11177/07), was available to his predecessor prior to 7th June; and if he will make a statement.
(150841)
226
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which institutions of the European Union do not fall within the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.
(150843)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
227
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the numbers of people provided with mental health counselling services by (a) NHS bodies and (b) publicly-supported voluntary groups in each London borough in (i) the last 12 months and (ii) each of the last three years.
(150511)
228
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the likely effect of the smoking ban on (a) the number of pubs operating in England and (b) employment in that sector.
(150754)
229
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospital trusts are not in compliance with the Royal College of Physicians' guidelines on consultants working at more than one hospital.
(150576)
230
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the amount spent on (a) Asperger's adult services and (b) autism services in Norfolk in each of the last five years.
(150866)
231
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many diagnoses of sexually transmitted infections there were in (a) Hampshire and (b) England in each month since January 2001.
(150936)
232
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many British nationals have (a) been diagnosed with and (b) died of malaria in each year since 2001.
(150944)
233
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of (a) hepatitis A, (b) typhoid and (c) hepatitis B were diagnosed in each month since January 2001.
(150945)
234
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of holidaymakers resident in (a) Hampshire and (b) England requiring treatment when they returned to the UK in each of the last five years; and what treatments they required.
(150946)
235
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of British nationals requiring medical treatment whilst on holiday abroad over the last five years.
(150952)
236
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to promote travel health consultations.
(150953)
237
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Government has spent on (a) sexual health information and (b) travel health awareness in (i) Hampshire and (ii) England since 1997.
(150954)
238
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions were issued for emergency contraceptives in each month since January 2001.
(150956)
239
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many teenagers were admitted to accident and emergency in (a) Hampshire and (b) England as a result of drinking alcohol in the last (i) 12 months and (ii) five years.
(150957)
240
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on (a) prevention and (b) campaigns designed to assist people to stop smoking in each year since 1997.
(150958)
241
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by his Department on treating smoking related diseases in each year since 1997, broken down by health authority.
(150959)
242
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the percentage of the population of (a) Hampshire, (b) England and (c) Southampton that smoke, broken down by (i) sex, (ii) age, (iii) religion and (iv) NHS trust.
(150960)
243
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his most recent estimate is of the (a) obesity and (b) smoking rate in (i) England, (ii) Hampshire and (iii) Southampton.
(150966)
244
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths there were in (a) England, (b) Hampshire and (c) Southampton as a result of (i) the consumption of alcohol and (ii) smoking in each of the last five years.
(150967)
245
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of provision of family planning services by primary care trusts.
(150968)
246
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS was of emergency hormonal contraception in each of the last 10 years.
(150969)
247
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much each health trust spent on family planning services in each year since 1997.
(150970)
248
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) courses of contraception and (b) contraceptive devices were prescribed to persons (i) over 16 and (ii) in each age group under 16 in each year since 1997.
(150971)
249
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many appointments there have been (a) at family planning clinics and (b) for family planning domiciliary visits in each health trust in each of the last five years.
(150972)
250
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) full and (b) part time family planning clinics there were in each health trust area in each of the last five years.
(150973)
251
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on how many occasions the morning after pill was prescribed (a) in total and (b) to girls under 16 by (i) family planning clinics, (ii) general practitioners, (iii) hospital accident and emergency departments, (iv) school nurses and (v) pharmacists since 1997.
(150979)
252
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women were (a) given prescriptions for the oral contraceptive and (b) given depot contraceptive injections in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (i) age and (ii) trust.
(150980)
253
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women were fitted with a contraceptive implant in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) type of device and (b) age of patient.
(150982)
254
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many attendances at family planning clinics there were in each of the last five years, broken down by (a) age and (b) trust.
(150983)
255
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what treatments were most frequently administered to teenage drinkers admitted to accident and emergency departments in the last (a) 12 months and (b) five years in (i) Hampshire and (ii) England.
(151007)
256
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many alcohol related deaths there have been amongst teenagers in the last (a) 12 months and (b) five years in (i) Hampshire and (ii) England.
(151008)
257
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) consultant psychiatrists, (b) mental health nurses and (c) primary care mental health workers were employed by the NHS in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (i) head count and (ii) full-time equivalents.
(151009)
258
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people received domiciliary care packages in each health trust in each of the last five years.
(151010)
259
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on the new domiciliary oxygen service in (a) England, (b) each strategic health authority and (c) each health trust in its first year of operation.
(151011)
260
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people in England were dependent on a domiciliary oxygen system in their homes in each of the last 10 years.
(151012)
261
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost to the NHS is of providing (a) routine and (b) emergency domiciliary oxygen supplies in each health trust.
(151013)
262
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by (a) his Department and (b) each health trust on each type of prescribed domiciliary oxygen therapy in each of the last 10 years.
(151014)
263
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average delivery time for (a) routine and (b) emergency oxygen supplies to out-patients (i) before and (ii) after the introduction of the new home oxygen service.
(151015)
264
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints Ministers received about domiciliary oxygen services in each of the last 18 months.
(151016)
265
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialists in child mental health were employed in the NHS in each of the last 10 years, broken down by NHS trust.
(151017)
266
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many attacks there were on (a) staff and (b) patients (i) on mental health wards and (ii) in specialist mental health units in each of the last 10 years, broken down by sex.
(151018)
267
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure the safety of patients and staff on mental health wards.
(151019)
268
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health beds there were in each of the last 10 years, broken down by trust.
(151020)
269
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were sectioned under the Mental Health Act 1983 in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) type of section and (b) age of patient.
(151021)
270
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the (a) distribution and (b) effectiveness of assertive outreach services.
(151022)
271
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health beds there were for (a) children and (b) female patients in each of the last 10 years.
(151023)
272
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mental health beds there were in (a) low, (b) medium and (c) high secure units in each of the last 10 years.
(151024)
273
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the average waiting time for NHS dental work in (a) Southampton, (b) Hampshire and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(151025)
274
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the trends in waiting times in (a) Southampton, (b) Hampshire and (c) England since 1997.
(151026)
275
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the annual carbon dioxide output of the NHS; and whether his Department is meetings its set targets to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
(151049)
276
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) district nurses, (b) nursing auxiliaries, (c) school nurses, (d) mental handicap nurses, (e) community psychiatric nurses, (f) treatment nurses, (g) community midwives and (h) health visitors were employed in the NHS in each year since 2000; and what the projected figures are for each year to 2010, broken down by health trust.
(151054)
277
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist nurses were employed in the NHS in each of the last five years.
(151055)
278
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to increase the number of specialist nurses employed in the NHS.
(151056)
279
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take to implement the recommendations of the baseline review of contraceptive services.
(151057)
280
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the incidence of smoking related diseases including (a) lung cancer, (b) heart disease and (c) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease was in (i) Hampshire and (ii) England in each year since 1997.
(151059)
281
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the £20 million earmarked for improving access to contraceptive services and long acting reversible contraception in 2007-08 will be audited.
(151060)
282
Mr Paul Keetch (Hereford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by the NHS on treating patients with smoking-related illnesses in Hereford constituency in the last 12 months.
(150755)
283
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the (a) calorific content and (b) hydrating properties of (i) orange juice, (ii) water, (iii) low-calorie carbonated drinks and (iv) fruit smoothies.
(150753)
284
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what contracts Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust has with private sector suppliers in 2007-08, broken down by procedure; how many procedures have been contracted for in each case; and at what cost.
(150515)
285
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which procedures contracted out by Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust to the private sector are also carried out by Milton Keynes Hospital.
(150516)
286
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of contracts placed with private contractors by Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust in 2006-07 have been fulfilled, broken down by procedure.
(150517)
287
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what surgery was referred by Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust to private contractors in each of the last three financial years, broken down by procedure.
(150547)
288
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, to which private contractors Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust contracts out surgical work.
(150548)
289
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) health professionals and (b) administrators worked in sexual health clinics during each of the last three years.
(150637)
290
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children and young people under the age of 18 years have been diagnosed with (a) chlamydia, (b) gonorrhoea, (c) genital herpes, (d) genital warts, (e) hepatitis B and (f) syphilis in each of the last 10 years.
(150638)
291
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many community sexual health clinics closed in each of the last five years.
(150640)
292
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on publicising sexual health clinics to children and young people under the age of 18 years in each of the last three years.
(150641)
293
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children and young people (a) under 16 years old and (b) between 16 and 18 years visited a sexual health clinic in each of the last five years.
(150643)
294
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were (a) referred to and (b) funded for treatment at the Henderson hospital in each of the last five years.
(150651)
295
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were prescribed a methylphenidate in each of the last 10 years.
(150652)
296
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services cases underwent treatment which lasted under (a) under one month, (b) under three months, (c) under six months and (d) over a year in each of the last three years.
(150655)
297
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new cases were dealt with by Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in each of the last five years.
(150656)
298
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many strategic health authorities offer a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services specialist on 24-hour call out service.
(150657)
299
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much is allocated to Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services for each of the next three years.
(150658)
300
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) health professionals and (b) administrators were employed by the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services in each of the last three years.
(150659)
301
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services facilities (a) closed and (b) experienced a reduction in services during each of the last three years.
(150660)
302
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting times were to see a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services specialist in each of the last five years.
(150661)
303
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of children treated by a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services specialist in each of the last five years was prescribed (a) a talking therapy, (b) medication and (c) an alternative treatment.
(150662)
304
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services have set up projects within the last year to work jointly with (a) schools, (b) youth offending teams and (c) social workers.
(150663)
305
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting times are for community sexual health clinics.
(150664)
306
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many primary care trusts reduced their spending on community sexual health services from the amounts initially allocated in the 2006-07 financial year.
(150666)
307
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many requests for new wheelchairs for children and young people in each of the last five years were granted (a) within a month, (b) within three months and (c) after over six months.
(150712)
308
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children are on a waiting list to receive (a) a lightweight manual wheelchair and (b) powered mobility equipment.
(150713)
309
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS wheelchairs available for children and young people have been in service for (a) less than one year, (b) less than five years and (c) more than 10 years.
(150714)
310
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department expects to complete the update of the Review of Commissioning Arrangements for Specialised Services.
(150729)
311
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to set up the commissioning groups recommended under the Carter review.
(150730)
312
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the review of community equipment and wheelchair services will address the specific needs of children and young people; and if he will make a statement.
(150731)
313
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget for Henderson Hospital is in 2007-08; and what the proposed budget for the hospital is for 2008-09.
(150999)
314
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children have been diagnosed with mental health disorders, broken down by type of disorder.
(151000)
315
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many girls aged (a) 11, (b) 12, (c) 13, (d) 14, (e) 15 and (f) 16 years were given the morning after pill in each of the last three years.
(151062)
316
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost is of the West Sussex Primary Care Trust Fit for the Future hospital reconfiguration consultation.
(151063)
317
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the long-term effects of the school free fruit and vegetable programme.
(151064)
318
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent on the free fruit and vegetable programme in schools in each year since it was introduced.
(151065)
319
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many girls under the age of 18 years had abortions in each of the last three years, broken down by age.
(151070)
320
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of children classified as (a) overweight and (b) obese by the age of three years (i) at the present time and (ii) in 1997.
(151071)
321
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of changes in inspection fees for charitable multiple sclerosis treatment centres.
(151072)
322
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has produced on the use of statins; and if he will make a statement.
(150816)
323
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the change in numbers of (a) junior physiotherapists and (b) senior physiotherapists employed in the NHS was between April 2001 and April 2007.
(150895)
324
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how mny physiotherapy graduates are registered with NHS Jobs.
(150896)
325
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the framework document, Securing and retaining staff for health and social care, in assisting NHS trusts in the redeployment and recruitment of staff.
(150904)
326
N
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many electric indoor and outdoor wheelchairs were funded by the NHS in each of the last five years.
(150076)
327
N
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many electric indoor and outdoor wheelchairs are being funded by (a) strategic health authorities and (b) primary care trusts.
(150077)
328
N
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what total sum of money has been allocated to the NHS in 2007-08 to provide (a) manual wheelchairs, (b) electric indoor and outdoor wheelchairs and (c) other wheelchairs for people with mobility problems.
(150078)
329
N
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice he gives to primary care trusts on assessments for indoor and outdoor wheelchairs.
(150079)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
330
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what legal provisions are in place to prevent (a) the preaching of hatred and (b) incitement to commit criminal acts against the Jewish community in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.
(151003)
331
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assistance she has (a) given and (b) plans to give to the Jewish community in England and Wales to protect it against attacks and violence; and if she will make a statement.
(151004)
332
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of gun crime have occurred in each London borough since 1997.
(150892)
333
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were recruited in (a) Hampshire and (b) England in each year since 1997.
(151027)
334
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many xenophobic crimes there were in (a) Southampton, (b) Hampshire and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(151028)
335
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reported incidents there were of anti-social behaviour in (a) Southampton and (b) Hampshire in each year since 1997.
(151029)
336
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time was for (a) visa and (b) leave to remain applications in each year since 1997.
(151047)
337
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to reduce the incidence of violent crime in Southampton.
(151058)
338
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of alerts from the automatic number plate recognition system were found to be in error in each year since 2004.
(150573)
339
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of employment as a police community support officer was of police community support officers employed in Cambridgeshire in each of the last three years.
(150704)
340
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many UK nationals recorded on the National DNA Database have been identifed as having their DNA found on bomb parts and fragments in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.
(150719)
341
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions the Minister for Immigration has had with her on the amount of time away from her Department which will be required following his appointment as Minister for the West Midlands.
(150726)
342
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the number of Philippine nationals working in the (a) NHS and (b) nursing home care sector who will be required to leave the UK in the last quarter of 2007 and the first quarter of 2008 because of new visa restrictions.
(150748)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
343
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of students at universities in England were from overseas in each year since 1990-91.
(150669)
344
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what Government-funded research and development support has been given to the development of UK nanotechnology companies.
(150718)
345
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps he plans to take to ensure that adults with a learning disability have access to learning opportunities to acquire and maintain life skills including literacy and numeracy.
(150917)
346
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will commission an assessment of the benefits to (a) individual students, (b) businesses and (c) the economy of graduates completing second degrees; and if he will make a statement.
(150819)
347
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what advice is provided to graduates on the (a) merits and (b) mechanics of pursuing a second degree; and whether guidance is available on the choice of subject.
(150844)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
348
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid has been provided to Western Sahara refugees by his Department; and how much is planned to be provided in 2008-09.
(150510)
349
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what contribution the Government has made to the relief effort for those displaced by the floods in Central and Eastern Sudan; and if he will make a statement.
(151032)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
350
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent estimate he has made of the cost of setting up the new tribunals service under the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Bill if enacted.
(150918)
351
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the legal aid budget dedicated to public law Children Act matters was spent on expert witnesses in each year from 2001-02 to 2005-06.
(150919)
352
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of Clerks to the General Commissioner who will be involved in the final year scheme.
(150921)
353
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost to the public purse of the Clerks to the General Commissioner of Taxes was in 2006-07.
(150922)
354
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department plans to take to ensure that local authorities, magistrates' courts and bailiffs (a) are aware of and (b) comply with the 2002 National Standards for Enforcement Agents, with particular reference to page 9, covering vulnerable situations.
(150925)
355
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the legal aid budget was spent on expert witnesses in each year from 2001-02 to 2005-06.
(150926)
356
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost of the remuneration will be under the proposed final year scheme for Clerks to General Commissioners.
(150931)
357
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date Michael Spurr was interviewed as part of the Tasker investigation; and if he will make a statement.
(150961)
358
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 5th June 2007, Official Report, column 390W, on the Tasker inquiry, who the previous commissioning authority referred to in the Answer was; and if he will make a statement.
(150962)
359
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date (a) Keith Munns and (b) Nick Pascoe received a copy of the partial report of the Tasker inquiry; and if he will make a statement.
(150963)
360
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date Keith Munns was interviewed as part of the Tasker inquiry; on what date he relinquished responsibility as commissioning authority for the inquiry; to whom he relinquished it; and if he will make a statement.
(150964)
361
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date Nick Pascoe took over the commissioning authority role for the Tasker inquiry; who the commissioning authority was immediately before that; and if he will make a statement.
(150965)
362
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who was responsible as commissioning authority for the Tasker inquiry after Keith Munns was interviewed as part of the investigation; and if he will make a statement.
(150974)
363
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Deputy Director General of HM Prison Service had access to the partial report of the Tasker inquiry prior to (a) agreeing to be interviewed and (b) being interviewed as part of the investigation; and if he will make a statement.
(150975)
364
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who acted as commissioning authority for the Tasker Inquiry between the retirement of Keith Munns and the transfer to Nick Pascoe; and if he will make a statement.
(150976)
365
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date Ron Tasker was informed that (a) Keith Munns had ceased to be the commissioning authority for his investigation and (b) Nick Pascoe had assumed responsibility; whether a draft of his interim report had been submitted to the commissioning authority previous to either of these dates; to whom the draft of the interim report was submitted and on what date; and if he will make a statement.
(150977)
366
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations were received by (a) Helen Edwards and (b) Phil Wheatley on Keith Munns' role as commissioning authority for the Tasker Inquiry (i) while Area Manager for London, (ii) at the point of his retirement and (iii) subsequent to his retirement; and if he will make a statement.
(150978)
367
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Deputy Director General of HM Prison Service had access to the interim report of the Tasker Inquiry before being interviewed as part of the Inquiry on 10th May 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(150981)
368
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 7th March 2007, Official Report, column 2057W, on the Prison Service: public appointments, to whom Keith Munns was reporting when he was supporting the completion of the Tasker Inquiry report; whether he was supporting Nick Pascoe or Michael Spurr in the preparation of the interim report of the Tasker Inquiry; whether Michael Spurr was acting as the commissioning authority at the time of the appointment of Keith Munns for that role; on what date that appointment took place; and if he will make a statement.
(151041)
369
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 12th June 2007, Official Report, column 951W, on the Prison Service: Professional Standards Unit, who has the responsibility for the (a) monitoring and (b) checking of formal investigations within HM Prison Service; what the role of the Professional Standards Unit is in this regard; and if he will make a statement.
(151042)
370
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd May 2007, Official Report, column 1684W, on the Tasker Inquiry, what the change in the terms of reference for the Tasker investigation was; and if he will make a statement.
(151050)
371
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what date the Deputy Director General of HM Prison Service first asked Nick Pascoe to assume responsibility as commissioning authority for the Tasker inquiry; on what date he became commissioning authority; and if he will make a statement.
(151051)
372
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Deputy Director General of HM Prison Service has held responsibility as commissioning authority for the Tasker Inquiry; and if he will make a statement.
(151053)
373
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answers of 31st January 2007, Official Report, column 201W, on the Tasker investigation, 6th March 2007, Official Report, column1941W, on the Prison Service: disclosure of information and 23rd April 2007, Official Report, column 980W, on Wandsworth Prison, what the cause is of the delay in the completion of the report of the Tasker Inquiry; what estimate he has made of the additional cost incurred as a consequence of these delays; when he expects the Tasker Report to be (a) completed and (b) submitted; and if he will make a statement.
(151075)
374
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) high risk and (b) very high risk prisoners are housed at Leyhill open prison; and how many in each category are housed in open prisons nationally.
(150993)
375
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 12th July 2007, Official Report, column 69WS, on Oakhill Secure Training Centre, what recent assessment he has made of staff levels at secure training centres.
(150621)
376
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers were working in the Prison Service in each year since 1997; what the average prison officer to prisoner ratio was at each (a) adult prison, (b) young offender institution and (c) secure training centre in each year; what plans he has to increase the number of prison officers; and if he will make a statement.
(150709)
377
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been released from HMP Aylesbury under the End of Custody Licence Scheme since 27th June 2007; how many of those released have since been returned to (a) HMP Aylesbury and (b) other prisons; and to which other prisons such prisoners have been returned.
(150710)
378
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison service employees were convicted of offences in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available, broken down by (a) offence, (b) length of sentence following conviction and (c) grade of employee.
(150735)
379
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his most recent assessment is of levels of corruption within the Prison Service; and if he will make a statement.
(150736)
380
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, from which prisons prisoners have been released under the End of Custody Licence Scheme; and how many prisoners have been released under the scheme, broken down by offence for which they were imprisoned.
(150749)
381
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were released under the End of Custody Licence Scheme on each day since 27th June 2007; and how many of those released have since been re-arrested for further suspected offences.
(150794)
382
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) members of staff and (b) probation officers were employed by each local probation service in each of the last 10 years.
(150790)
383
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the budget was of each local probation service in each of the last 10 years.
(150791)
384
Mr David Heath (Somerton & Frome):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders were being monitored by each local probation service in each of the last 10 years.
(150792)
385
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average number of court hearings per child care case was in each of the last five years.
(150644)
386
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many childcare cases have come to court (a) within a month, (b) between one and three months, (c) between three and six months, (d) between six and 12 months, (e) in over a year and (f) in over 18 months in the last 10 years.
(150647)
387
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many care cases involving a child came to court in each of the last five years.
(150648)
388
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average cost per case of providing legal aid to those involved in childcare cases was in each of the last 10 years.
(150649)
389
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people (a) applied for and (b) received legal aid for the costs of representation in care cases involving children in each of the last five years.
(150650)
390
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many inmates of Thorncross Young Offenders Institute have acquired vocational qualifications whilst detained at the institute.
(150870)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
391
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in Northern Ireland are classed as disappeared; what percentage are (a) Catholic and (b) Protestant; and if he will make a statement.
(150929)
392
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps are being taken by the Police Service of Northern Ireland to locate the remains of those considered disappeared; and if he will make a statement.
(150930)
393
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the budget was for the Police Service of Northern Ireland and the RUC in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(150932)
394
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of the Police Service of Northern Ireland's budget has been spent on historical inquiries in the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(150933)
395
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what percentage of the Police Service Northern Ireland officer-time has been spent on historical inquiries in the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(150934)
396
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost of the Savile inquiry has been to date; when he expects it to report; and if he will make a statement.
(150935)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
397
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what funding has been allocated to (a) Hampshire and (b) Southampton in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games; and what assessment she has made of the potential long-term effects on the people of Hampshire of the Olympics.
(151045)
398
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what discussions she has had with the National Sports Academy at Lilleshall, Shropshire on the prospect of it being used as an Olympic regional training facility for the 2012 Olympics.
(150728)
Questions to the Prime Minister
399
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Prime Minister, what procedures were followed in relation to informing HM the Queen about the announcement of the draft legislative programme; and if he will make a statement.
(150801)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
400
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, on what date the request was received from the Electoral Commission Inquiry to bring forward legislation to allow it to access the ballot papers from the recent Scottish Parliamentary election.
(150707)
Questions to the Solicitor General
401
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Solicitor General, how many cases the Crown Prosecution Service has re-presented to court which had initially been dismissed due to a technical error in the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
(150864)
402
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Solicitor General, how many prosecutions have been brought for breach of the smoking ban; and if she will make a statement.
(150814)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
403
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 28th November 2006 to the hon. Member for Orkney and Shetland, Official Report, column 522W, on rolling stock, what the age range is of the rolling stock of the franchises run by (a) Arriva Trains (Wales), (b) Virgin Cross Country, (c) First Great Western and (d) GNER; and how much of each company's stock is (i) older than the average supplied and (ii) over 20 years old.
(150622)
404
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) Voyager, (b) Super Voyager and (c) InterCity 125 high speed trains are in use on the national rail network; and if she will make a statement on the fuel efficiency of each of these models.
(150708)
405
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what research she plans to undertake into the under-reporting identified in Road Safety Research Report 69; and if she will make a statement on the inclusion of insurance status in the Stats 19 form.
(150757)
406
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total cost was to the public purse of the high speed trains fleet recently leased to SNCF; how long the period of the lease is; and what return is expected for (a) the Exchequer and (b) Eurostar.
(150758)
407
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for how much longer one carriageway in each direction is likely to remain closed on the Humber Bridge; on what basis it was decided that work on the bridge should not be carried out on a 24 hour basis; and if she will arrange for the tolls to be reduced while work is being carried out.
(150263)
408
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many incidences of violent crime were recorded by the British Transport Police since 2004, broken down by region.
(150574)
409
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many trains were cancelled in (a) 2006-07 and (b) the last 12 months; and what reasons were given for cancellations, broken down by train operating company.
(150575)
410
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions she has had with the Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on measures to reduce the environmental impact of transport.
(150815)
411
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 5th June 2007, Official Report, columns 394-5W, on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency: Shrewsbury, how long the Shrewsbury Office of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency took to process the vehicle registration application in respect of (a) DX07 0VF (Chassis No. ending 330934) and (b) CU07 XDZ (Chassis No. ending 177735); and if she will make a statement.
(150620)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
412
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what recent discussions she has had with colleagues in the Ministry of Justice on implementing the recommendations of the Corston report.
(150907)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
413
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of incapacity benefit claimants had been in receipt of incapacity benefit for five years or more in each year since 1997.
(150848)
414
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the timetable is for pilot schemes in respect of the withdrawal of housing benefit as a sanction against households evicted for anti-social behaviour and who refuse to engage in a rehabilitation programme.
(150850)
415
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what changes (a) have been made and (b) are planned to IT systems in order to enable the delivery of the employment and support allowance.
(150851)
416
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the demand for (a) cognitive behavioural therapists and (b) other appropriate therapists in the implementation of the Pathways to Work programme; and what steps he has taken to meet the requirement.
(150852)
417
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps have been taken to promote inter-departmental working to help disabled children and their families following the former Prime Minister's overview, Improving the Life Chances of Disabled People, with particular reference to measures to help unemployed parents of disabled children who are seeking work; and if he will make a statement.
(150853)
418
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the interim results of the outcome-related funding pilots currently running in the New Deal for Young People contracts in (a) Kent, (b) the Black Country and (c) Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(150854)
419
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has for pilot studies of private and voluntary sector involvement in the provision of employment support; what the timetable is for such pilots; and if he will make a statement.
(150855)
420
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress has been made in piloting the redesigned personal capability assessment; and what evaluations he has made of the results of the pilots.
(150856)
421
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to enable voluntary and private sector providers to deliver Pathways to Work services at a sub-regional level.
(150857)
422
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average level of housing benefit paid to (a) local authority tenants, (b) housing association tenants and (c) private sector tenants in the Borough of Islington was in (i) the last 12 months and (ii) each of the last three years.
(150509)
423
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the Child Support Agency (CSA) has authority to make advance payments of arrears in cases where the arrears are due to error on the part of the CSA; and if he will make a statement.
(150572)
424
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent discussions he has had with the Treasury on the taxation of employee assistance programmes as a benefit in kind.
(151076)
425
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff in his Department receive assistance from employee assistance programmes; and which firms provide the programmes.
(151077)
426
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the introduction of the Local Housing Allowance; and what assessment he has made of the impact of its introduction on residents in rural areas.
(150705)
427
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has held with the Chancellor of the Exchequer on the use of with profits insurance funds in support of the Financial Assistance Scheme.
(150723)
428
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to make a statement on the findings of the Young review.
(150725)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
429
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether the businesses affected in the North Yorkshire area by the recent flooding will be eligible for the small-scale small business recovery scheme which is being offered to small businesses in South Yorkshire.
[Transferred] (150615)
430
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what responsibilities he has delegated to regional Ministers in respect of European Union funding; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (150842)
431
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will commission research into the effect of the practice of employment tribunals not awarding costs to employees who win their cases on the (a) number of cases going to tribunal and (b) time taken by employers in assembling their cases; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (150859)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
432
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what requests have been made to the Valuation Office Agency under the (a) Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000 and (b) Environmental Information Regulations 2004 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.
[Transferred] (150653)
433
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many 16 to 18 year olds are not in education, employment or training, broken down by constituency in ascending order.
[Transferred] (150849)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
434
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent assessment she has made of the level of anti-semitism in the UK; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (151002)
435
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions since November 2006 (a) Ministers and (b) officials in her Department have had with representatives of the Jewish community to discuss anti-semitism in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (151005)
436
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations she has received since November 2006 from (a) hon. Members, (b) Members of the House of Lords, (c) organisations and (d) members of the public on the incidence of anti-semitism in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (151006)
437
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate her Department has made of the annual cost of an automatic 50 per cent. discount on council tax for pensioners in England.
[Transferred] (150628)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
438
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he is taking to support the British fashion industry.
[Transferred] (150717)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
439
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for convictions in relation to which types of motoring offence prisoners are eligible for early release under the early release scheme.
[Transferred] (150992)
Questions to the Leader of the House
440
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Leader of the House, whether a Minister intends to make a visit to the forthcoming session of the UK Youth Parliament; and if she will make a statement on progress on the proposal announced by the Prime Minister for a future session to be held in the House.
[Transferred] (150943)
Questions to the Solicitor General
441
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin):To ask the Solicitor General, what the costs have been so far of the Serious Fraud Office's ongoing Operation Holbein investigation.
[Transferred] (150722)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
442
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the Health and Safety Executive on separation distances needed between Control of Major Accident Hazard sites and residential houses, with particular reference to liquefied natural gas storage facilities; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (150806)

 
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