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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 15 October 2007

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Monday 15 October 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 15 October 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 15 October of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Monday 15 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 15 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many people were employed by his Department and its predecessor on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158317)
2
Roger Berry (Kingswood):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, by what date he expects the registration of private sector audiologists to transfer from the Hearing Aid Council to the Health Professions Council.
(158639)
3
Roger Berry (Kingswood):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what arrangements will be made for consumer protection for people purchasing private hearing aids following the abolition of the Hearing Aid Council.
(158698)
4
Mr Martin Caton (Gower):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, by what date domestic consumers will be entitled to request a free visual display meter from their energy companies; and if he will make a statement.
(158577)
5
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Forest of Dean dated 16th July to the right hon. Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath regarding review of nuclear energy use.
(158038)
6
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 8th October 2006, Official Report, column 356W, on postal services, which of the products and services are not available across the national network.
(158137)
7
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether the report he commissioned on a Severn Barrage will consider the potential economic impact of the Barrage on the city of Bristol.
(158649)
8
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many locations are being considered as being potentially suitable for the Severn Barrage.
(158650)
9
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether the report he has commissioned into a potential Severn Barrage will consider all major options for renewable energy generation facilities in the River Severn including the benefits and disadvantages of the status quo; and when the report will be concluded.
(158651)
10
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what measures were in place before 2005 to prevent known paedophiles from opening a children's agency specialising in theatre, television and modelling; and if he will make a statement.
(158456)
11
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what measures he is taking to help bring about a settlement to the dispute between the Royal Mail and trade unions.
(158666)
12
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what measures he is taking to reduce the burden of regulation on small and medium sized businesses.
(158667)
13
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what regulation is available to UK households to prevent unsolicited sales telephone calls from overseas; and what estimate has been made of the number of UK companies using such sales methods.
(158087)
14
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what (a) complaints and (b) representations his Department has received about telephone sales cold calling from overseas countries to UK households.
(158088)
15
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the impact of the manner in which Postcom has imposed the universal service obligation on the profitability of (a) Royal Mail and (b) Royal Mail's competitors; and what comparison he has made with the process of liberalisation in other EU countries.
(158756)
16
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Hertfordshire North East of 4th July 2007, Official Report, column 1112W, on trade unions: ballots, if he will place in the Library copies of scrutineers' reports on union ballots on political fund retention produced between June 2001 and July 2006.
(158673)
17
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what advice and guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer has provided on whether trade union members who opt out of a political fund of their trade union should (i) be refunded and (ii) not be charged the cost of the political fund contribution when they pay their union subscriptions.
(158689)
18
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer has produced on whether a trade union may use non-political fund resources to fund an affiliated organisation that then engages in political activity.
(158690)
19
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the effect of increased competition with bio-fuel manufacturers for timber on the competitiveness of the UK furniture industry.
(157975)
20
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the effect on the furniture industry of land use changes resulting from demand for biofuel feedstock; and if he will make a statement.
(158021)
21
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will consider the merits of providing support and assistance to the furniture industry to take account of recent increases in the prices paid by furniture manufacturers for materials.
(158031)
22
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many hectares of brownfield land were (a) reclaimed and (b) redeveloped by the South East England Development Agency in the last year for which figures were available; and what the annual target range was for that indicator.
(158116)
23
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the (a) total budget and (b) estimated administration costs are of each regional development agency in England in 2007-08.
(158117)
24
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what criteria are used to appoint individuals to the boards of regional development agencies (RDAs); and how many appointments in each RDA are (a) trade union appointments and (b) party political appointments.
(158118)
25
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will make it a requirement for mobile telecommunications operators to disclose mast locations and power levels to a Sitefinder website, or equivalent, as a condition of their operators' licences.
(158119)
26
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many (a) bankruptcy orders and (b) individual voluntary agreements were recorded in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(158120)
27
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many regional development agencies outside London share foreign offices with the London Development Agency; and in what locations.
(158121)
28
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, on what date British Standard BS7666, on unique identifiers for each land and property unit, was first established.
(158122)
29
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what definition of brownfield land is used for the Regional Development Agency's target on the amount of brownfield land that is reclaimed or redeveloped.
(158123)
30
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158603)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
31
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on reducing the level of VAT payable on swimming lessons for children; and if he will make a statement.
(158441)
32
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were employed by his Department on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158332)
33
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the single anti-terrorism budget announced in the 2007 Pre-Budget Report includes funds for the provision of legal aid in terrorist cases.
(158455)
34
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the scheme of relief for inheritance tax for current and former spouses announced in the Pre-Budget Report will be extended to cover those whose spouse died under the estate duty regime applicable until 1974; and if he will make a statement.
(157952)
35
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will reply to the letters to HM Revenue and Customs (Tax Credits) from the hon Member for West Chelmsford of 12th June, 9th July, 13th August and 4th September on behalf of Mr R. White (Ref: 2007/0600 2871) of Writtle, Chelmsford.
(157065)
36
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will commission an analysis of recent trends in the gap between executive and shop-floor pay.
(158010)
37
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the effect on the economy of recent trends in the levels of City bonuses.
(158014)
38
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 9th October 2007, Official Report, column 4757W, on 18 to 24 year olds, how many 18 to 24 year olds were not in full-time education, employment or training in each (a) local authority area and (b) parliamentary constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(158340)
39
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will give consideration to the possibility of extending his inheritance tax exemption transfer to cohabiting couples who can indicate that they have not married or entered into a civil partnership because they are of different religions or have special circumstances.
(158009)
40
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people in the UK have international civil servant status for tax purposes; what such status means in terms of allowances and exemptions; and if he will make a statement.
(158423)
41
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been collected by the aggregates levy in (a) Stroud constituency, (b) Gloucestershire, (c) England and (d) the United Kingdom in each year since its inception.
(158547)
42
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much public expenditure there is per capita in 2007-08 for residents of (a) Scotland and (b) England; and what estimate he has made of what the equivalent figures will be once the Comprehensive Spending Review decisions take effect.
(157428)
43
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to meet representatives of the Bingo Association to discuss the taxation regime which applies to its members.
(158574)
44
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason bingo operators have to pay both value added tax and gross profits tax.
(158575)
45
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will commission a review of the taxation regime applying to the bingo industry.
(158576)
46
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what change there will be in the amount of corporation tax a business with profits of £100,000 will pay in the 2007-08 financial year as a result of the measures announced in the 2007 budget.
(158457)
47
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether all the coins in use in the United Kingdom are manufactured in the UK.
(157437)
48
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps the Financial Services Authority is taking to assess the effectiveness of the contingency plans of the UK's financial institutions for a potential influenza pandemic.
(158470)
49
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimates of the number of migrant workers in the UK are in each year from 1997 to 2012; and if he will make a statement.
(158565)
50
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his assessment is of the likely total cost of the changes to inheritance tax which were announced on 9th October for each year from 2007-08 to 2012-13; and if he will break down the figure to show the changes for each income decile.
(158567)
51
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the size of the likely UK population in each year until 2050; what it was in each of the last seven years; and if he will make a statement.
(158572)
52
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the proportion of the UK population which was born abroad in (a) 2000 and (b) 2006; and what he expects it to be in (i) 2010, (ii) 2020, (iii) 2030, (iv) 2040 and (v) 2050.
(158573)
53
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Written Statement of 25th July 2007, Official Report, columns 62-3WS, on tax credit administration, how many households have been written to by HM Revenue and Customs to inform them that their tax credit case is being reviewed.
(158606)
54
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what deadline HM Revenue and Customs has adopted for completion of the reviews of the 160,000 tax credit cases described in the Written Statement of 25th July 2007, Official Report, columns 62-3WS, on tax credit adminstration.
(158607)
55
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent progress has made in the resolution of the tax credits case of Mr Morgan of St Albans constituency; and if he will make a statement.
(158571)
56
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many residential dwellings in England are recorded by the Valuation Office Agency with the dwelling house coding of having (a) one bedroom, (b) two bedrooms, (c) three bedrooms and (d) four or more bedrooms.
(158058)
57
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proposals the Valuation Office Agency has considered (a) to increase the amount of property attribute information on domestic dwellings online and (b) to publish council tax information with colour coded maps using Ordnance Survey data online; and what plans the Agency has to implement those proposals.
(158059)
58
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the presentation and handout produced by representatives of the Valuation Office Agency at the workshop on automated valuation models of real estate for cadastral purposes organised by the Permanent Committee on the Cadastre in the European Union held at Santiago de Compostela, Spain, in October 2006.
(158060)
59
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 10th September 2007, Official Report, column 1980W, on stamp duties, what estimate his Department has made of the proportion of first time buyers who were exempt from stamp duty land tax in (a) 1996 and (b) 1997.
(158061)
60
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the final report of the Gateway Review by the Valuation and Lands Agency for the Computer Assisted Mass Appraisal Implementation Project and the Public Interface Project.
(158062)
61
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the stamp duty thresholds for residential properties were in each year since 1996-97.
(158063)
62
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what work is being carried out by the Valuation Office Agency into the merits of acquiring a geographic information system.
(158064)
63
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) purpose and (b) function is of the Valuation Office Agency's World Class Programme.
(158065)
64
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the Valuation Office Agency spent on (a) champagne and wine and (b) alcohol in the last year for which audited figures are available.
(158066)
65
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much the net revenue from council tax receipts was in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Great Britain in each year since 1997-98; and if he will estimate what the revenue will be in each case in 2007-08.
(158067)
66
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the net revenue generated from domestic rates, including district and regional rates, in Northern Ireland in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08.
(158068)
67
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was generated from domestic rates in Northern Ireland in each year since 1997-98.
(158069)
68
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will answer Question 120846, on domestic taxation and house prices in Northern Ireland, tabled by the hon. Member for Brentwood and Ongar on 6th February.
(158075)
69
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the likely change in revenue from reducing the (a) basic rate of income tax and (b) higher rate of income tax by one per cent. in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2008-09.
(158076)
70
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of tax relief on pensions (a) in total and (b) for higher rate contributions in 2007-08.
(158144)
71
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 24th July 2007, Official Report, column 1001W, on Departments: sexual harassment, if he will place in the Library (a) copies of the Valuation Office Agency's Gender Equality Scheme and Action Plan and (b) the latest monitoring report for diversity strands.
(158212)
72
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the name and address of each of the regional procurement bodies.
(158217)
73
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for North East Bedfordshire of 25th July 2007, Official Report, column 1189W, on the Valuation Office: manuals, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's Council Tax Referencing Manual.
(158281)
74
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for North East Bedfordshire of 24th July 2007, Official Report, column 1020W, on the Valuation Office Agency: visits abroad, what the title of the Lithuania conference was; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the handouts and presentation given by the representatives of the Agency to the conference.
(158282)
75
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for North East Bedfordshire of 24th July 2007, Official Report, column 1020W, on the Valuation Office Agency: visits abroad, to which bodies the Agency's staff have been seconded in Australia; how many staff have been seconded; and what divisions of the Agency they come from.
(158283)
76
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for North East Bedfordshire of 24th July 2007, Official Report, column 1019W, on the Valuation Office Agency: digital versatile disks, how many videos, including VHS formats and electronic digital formats, have been produced by the Agency in the last 36 months.
(158284)
77
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for North East Bedfordshire of 24th July 2007, Official Report, column 1018W, on the Valuation Office Agency, what the purpose was of the visit to Japan by the Valuation Office Agency.
(158285)
78
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for North East Bedfordshire of 24th July 2007, Official Report, column 1018W, on the Valuation Office Agency, what the destination was of each of the 412 flights.
(158286)
79
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether delivery agreements will accompany the new public service agreements; and if he will make a statement.
(158398)
80
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings the Valuation Office Agency has had in New Zealand in the last 36 months; and what conferences it has attended.
(158399)
81
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's communications toolkit.
(158400)
82
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the title is of each of the Valuation Office Agency's learning manuals.
(158401)
83
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Valuation Office Agency's Council Tax Revaluation Programme Board (England) last met.
(158402)
84
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many invitations to tender (a) the Valuation Office Agency and (b) HM Revenue and Customs has issued since January 2003; and for what purpose in each case.
(158404)
85
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether VAT will be levied (a) on the local authority search elements and (b) drainage and water search elements of home information packs.
(158405)
86
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many properties are held on the Electronic Property Information Mapping Service database; and what property attributes are recordable for each property.
(158408)
87
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was raised via inheritance tax in (a) England and (b) the United Kingdom in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) 2006-07.
(158410)
88
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date the Valuation Office Agency's Council Tax Toolkit was last updated.
(158412)
89
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Invitation to Tender issued by the Valuation Office Agency in October 2004 on the provision of Access to Property Data.
(158413)
90
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Valuation Office Agency's Rating Cost Guide in CD-Rom format.
(158414)
91
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many estates paid inheritance tax in (a) England and (b) the United Kingdom in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) 2006-07.
(158415)
92
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what use the Valuation Office Agency makes of unique property reference numbers.
(158416)
93
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his Pre-Budget and Comprehensive Spending Review Statement on 9th October 2007, Official Report, column 167, when he expects the Government's target of a 50 per cent. reduction in child poverty to be attained.
(157941)
94
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his statement on the Pre-Budget and Comprehensive Spending Review on 9th October 2007, Official Report, column 167, how many children will be lifted out of poverty in each of the years between 2008 to 2010 according to the measure proposed in his statement.
(157942)
95
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children of foreign nationals who are living outside the UK are in receipt of tax credits; and how many received tax credits in each of the last five years, broken down by country.
(157541)
96
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children of foreign nationals who are living outside the UK are in receipt of child benefit; and how many were in each of the last five years, broken down by country.
(157542)
97
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to reply to the letter of 12th July (PO Ref: 1/50946/2007) from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire.
(157430)
98
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Economic Secretary will respond to the letter of 8th August from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire (PO REF: 5/02368/2007).
(157951)
99
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to reduce VAT on suncare produts; and if he will make a statement.
(158451)
100
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158583)
101
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of estates that would pay inheritance tax at a threshold of £1 million in (a) the East Midlands, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) each parliamentary constituency in Nottinghamshire.
(157738)
102
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of estates paid inheritance tax in (a) the East Midlands, (b) Nottinghamshire and (c) each parliamentary constituency in Nottinghamshire in the last year for which figures are available.
(157739)
103
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress has been made in the explorations by his officials regarding the VAT status of parish meetings referred to in the Answer of 26th April 2006, Official Report, column 1174W, on parish councils; and if he will make a statement.
(157965)
104
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the contributions made to the UK's gross domestic product by (a) Romanian and (b) Bulgarian migrant workers in each year since 2005.
(158693)
105
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the contributions made by Romanian and Bulgarian workers to the UK economy since 2005.
(158694)
106
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much revenue was raised through vehicle excise duty on motorcycles in each year since 1997.
(158671)
107
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) marriages of 20 to 40 year olds per 10,000 20 to 40 year olds, (b) marriages per 10,000 adults and (c) divorces per 10,000 adults there were in (i) England, (ii) Wales, (iii) Scotland and (iv) Northern Ireland in each year since 1980.
(158640)
108
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) marriage and (b) divorce rate was of (i) women and (ii) men in each year since 1980, broken down by ethnicity.
(158641)
109
Mark Williams (Ceredigion):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he is taking to minimise the financial impact on pleasure boat users of the end of the UK's derogation allowing the sale of rebated gas oil for pleasure boating.
(158751)
110
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what revenue was received by the Treasury from inheritance tax in each of the last three years, broken down by constituency.
(158084)
111
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the combined budget allocation is for the Office of Strategic Co-ordination of Health Research for each financial year from 2008-09 to 2010-11.
(157945)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
112
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Written Statement of 11th October 2007, on higher education students' loans, grants and fees, if he will list the 100 constituencies which have the highest number of eligible students entitled to (a) full grant and (b) potential grant of up to £2,835; and if he will make a statement.
(158695)
113
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the criteria are for the one to one tuition of 300,000 primary school pupils recently announced by the Prime Minister; and whether this will be available to primary schools in Darwen, Lancashire.
(158442)
114
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people were employed by his Department and its predecessor on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158331)
115
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of local authority collection of information about informal fostering of children.
(157944)
116
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will introduce a compulsory registration scheme for private fostering.
(158256)
117
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he plans to publish the results of his Department's consultation on a proposed levy of five per cent. on school surplus balances.
(158292)
118
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many submissions to his consultation on a proposed levy of five per cent. on school surplus balances have (a) supported, (b) opposed and (c) expressed concerns about the proposed levy.
(158293)
119
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils in England and Wales were in school years (a) six and (b) 11 in each year since 1995.
(157820)
120
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of people aged (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 were in (i) education, (ii) training, (iii) employment and (iv) none of the above in each year since 1995.
(157821)
121
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of 15 year old secondary school leavers left school for (a) employment, (b) further education, (c) employer-funded training, (d) work based learning, (e) other education and training and (f) inactivity in each year since 1997.
(157822)
122
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of 15 year olds were (a) on school rolls, (b) entered for one or more Key Stage 4 qualification and (c) awarded passes for one or more such qualifications in (i) England, (ii) Wirral and (iii) Birkenhead in each year since 1997.
(158214)
123
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) teachers and (b) classroom assistants work in schools in (i) Chorley and (ii) Lancashire; and what the equivalent figures were in 1997.
(158757)
124
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the cost of the education maintenance allowance has been in (a) Cheadle constituency, (b) Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council area, (c) Greater Manchester and (d) England.
(158070)
125
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department has taken to advertise and raise awareness of the educational maintenance allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(158071)
126
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people in (a) Cheadle constituency, (b) Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council area, (c) Greater Manchester and (d) England have applied for an education maintenance allowance.
(158099)
127
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people in (a) Cheadle constituency, (b) Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council area, (c) Greater Manchester and (d) England have received the (i) £10, (ii) £20 and (ii) £30 education maintenance allowance.
(158100)
128
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of 16 to 19 year olds in (a) Cheadle constituency, (b) Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council area, (c) Greater Manchester and (d) England have applied for an education maintenance allowance.
(158101)
129
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of 16 to 19 year olds in (a) Cheadle constituency, (b) Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council area, (c) Greater Manchester and (d) England have received the (i) £10, (ii) £20 and (iii) £30 education maintenance allowance.
(158102)
130
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of applications for an education maintenance allowance have been successful in (a) Cheadle constituency, (b) Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council area, (c) Greater Manchester and (d) England.
(158103)
131
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he is taking to ensure that young people receive adequate information on the dangers of alcohol; and if he will make a statement.
(158314)
132
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether it is his policy that local authorites may be providers and sponsors of academies; and if he will make a statement.
(158566)
133
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the policy objectives of the educational maintenance allowance were; what evaluation has been undertaken of its performance in meeting those objectives; what the criteria are for receiving the allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(158608)
134
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was allocated to the provision of educational maintenance allowance (EMA) in each financial year since inception including piloting; how many young people received EMA in each year since its inception including piloting; what the impact of compulsory education until 18 years old is expected to be on the EMA; what plans he has for alternative provision in the light of that policy; and what estimate he has made of the total (a) establishment and (b) annual costs of compulsory schooling to 18 years.
(158609)
135
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many maintained special educational needs schools were operated in each local education authority in England in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(158141)
136
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many fully qualified physical education teachers left mainstream teaching to work for the Physical Education, School Sport and Club Links in each of the last three years.
(158210)
137
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will include a requirement to collect information relating to the safeguarding of runaway and missing children in his review of the public service agreement indicators.
(158417)
138
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158601)
139
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what process is to be followed by the online review into the effect of violent video games.
(158561)
140
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which groups and organisations have been approached to take part in the review into the effect of violent video games.
(158562)
141
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects the review into the effect of violent video games will be complete; and when the results will be published.
(158563)
142
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether there are any other data collection methods the review into violent video games will use other than the online questionnaire.
(158564)
143
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which diseases (a) were most common, (b) caused most time to be spent out of study and (c) had the highest mortality rates amongst full-time school students in the last year for which data are available.
(158291)
144
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of students studied GCSE sports studies in each local authority in each year since 1997.
(158543)
145
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of students studied (a) AS-level and (b) A-level sports studies in each local authority in each year since 1997.
(158544)
146
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of secondary schools offer at least (a) two hours and (b) five hours of supervised sport for pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 each week.
(158545)
147
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of childcare providers have designated outdoor space for children as part of their premises.
(158546)
148
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools have taken up the EU school milk subsidy scheme in each constituency.
(158085)
149
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many school children are eligible for the EU school milk subsidy scheme.
(158086)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
150
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many cases were taken to the Civil Service Appeal Board in 2006; and how many of those related to (a) dismissals and (b) other disciplinary matters.
(158229)
151
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what plans he has to improve his Department's arrangements on whistleblowing; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the current policy.
(158230)
152
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will amend the Directory of Civil Service Guidance to reflect the new Civil Service code in respect of the requirements of the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998.
(158232)
153
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many people were employed by his Department on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158320)
154
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the reasons are for the time taken to produce the list of ministerial responsibilities; and if he will make a statement.
(158570)
155
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which Ministers occupy the three official ministerial residences in Admiralty House; and on what date each moved in.
(158680)
156
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the floor area is of each of the three official ministerial residences in Admiralty House.
(158681)
157
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many full-time equivalent staff are employed by (a) the Prime Minister's Downing Street offices and (b) offices of the Prime Minister which are classified as part of (i) the Cabinet Office separate from Downing Street and (ii) HM Treasury.
(158682)
158
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many invitations to tender the Cabinet Office has issued since June 2001; and for what purpose in each case.
(158683)
159
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which Minister occupies the ministerial office formerly occupied by the Rt. hon. Member for Kingston-upon-Hull East in 26 Whitehall.
(158684)
160
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what guidance the Cabinet Office has produced on assistance to Ministers in the preparation of speeches at party conferences by civil servants who are not special advisers.
(158685)
161
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the cost to the public purse has been of legal fees and advice for (a) the previous Prime Minister, (b) Downing Street staff and (c) special advisers in relation to the recent police investigation into honours.
(158686)
162
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will place in the Library a copy of the guidance on the use of Dorneywood by Ministers and civil servants for conferences, away days and other functions.
(158687)
163
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many staff in the Central Office of Information Media Monitoring Unit monitor internet blogs; and what the estimated cost of such monitoring is for 2007-08.
(158688)
164
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will place in the Library a copy of the July 2007 edition of the Central Office of Information's Whitebook.
(158188)
165
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what functions of the Deputy Prime Minister's Office have been transferred to the Cabinet Office following the recent machinery of government changes.
(158189)
166
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will place in the Library a copy of the HM Government Baseline Personnel Security Standards for vetting staff with Criminal Records Bureau checks.
(158191)
167
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether the National Lottery's Community Assets fund is in addition to the Community Buildings Programme.
(158192)
168
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158602)
Questions to the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners
169
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the honourable Member for Middlesbrough, representing the Church Commissioners, what guidance the Commissioners follow on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158600)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
170
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people were employed by her Department and its predecessor on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158329)
171
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations she has received on the existence of separate collection and disposal authorities within county council areas and the adoption of a strategic approach to waste management across the whole county council area.
(157937)
172
N
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many first-time buyers there were in (a) the West Midlands, (b) Birmingham and (c) Birmingham, Northfield in the last year for which figures are available.
(157713)
173
N
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average price was for (a) a house and (b) a house bought by a first-time buyer in (i) the West Midlands, (ii) Birmingham and (iii) Birmingham, Northfield in the last year for which figures are available.
(157714)
174
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will require all social housing to have energy performance certificates; and if she will make a statement.
(157438)
175
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people remain displaced from their homes due to the floods in June and July.
(158148)
176
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she has taken to reduce levels of street homelessness.
(158149)
177
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions her Department has had with the third sector on provision of social housing in (a) the West Midlands and (b) Coventry.
(158150)
178
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 10th October 2007, Official Report, columns 666-7W, on Local Authorities: Equal Pay, what criteria were used to determine how much funding would be provided for Bournemouth to meet pay and grading reviews in order to comply with the Equal Pay Act 1974.
(158420)
179
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Government's policy is on the Merton Rule; and if she will make a statement.
(158237)
180
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many fire control staff are planned in (a) each regional fire control centre and (b) each region following the implementation of FireControl.
(158048)
181
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many fire control room staff there are in (a) each fire authority and (b) England.
(158049)
182
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many people have received the Disabled Facilities Grant in the last 12 months.
(158050)
183
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment was made of the merits of appointing a representative of the UK's renewable energy industry to the Government Zero Carbon Homes Taskforce.
(158638)
184
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department has spent on (a) administration, (b) legal fees, (c) special advisers, (d) the website and (e) other costs relating to the home information packs programme.
(158668)
185
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Government has received representations that mortgage lenders are refusing to accept information contained in home information packs.
(158674)
186
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many units of social housing were available in (a) Cheadle constituency and (b) Stockport local authority in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006.
(157954)
187
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes were built in (a) Cheadle constituency and (b) Stockport local authority in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006.
(157955)
188
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes were built by registered social landlords in (a) Cheadle constituency and (b) Stockport local authority in (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006.
(157956)
189
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the Government has spent on preparatory work carried out on the planning gain supplement; and if she will make a statement.
(158013)
190
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to her statement of 6th May 2007, Official Report, column 632, on home information packs, what definition her Department uses of a (a) stakeholder and (b) vested interest.
(158427)
191
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make an assessment of the merits of powers for local authorities (a) to regulate and (b) to ban the use of out-door patio heaters on licensed premises; and if she will make a statement.
(158429)
192
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to review Planning Policy Guidance 25 on flooding.
(158754)
193
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the percentage change in Band D council tax has been in (a) England and (b) St Albans since 1997-98.
(158580)
194
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will publish the guidelines for noise emission from wind turbines to be taken into account by planning authorities; and whether she has plans to review such guidelines.
(158019)
195
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance she has given to planning authorities on the minimum distances between wind turbines and residential accommodation; and what information she holds in relation to the equivalent guidance given in (a) Scotland and (b) Wales.
(158020)
196
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans the Government has to use powers in the Local Government and Public Involvement in Health Bill, if enacted, to delay the date of the May 2009 local elections.
(158073)
197
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average price for a (a) house, (b) detached house and (c) flat was in each local authority area in England and Wales in (i) April 1991, (ii) May 1997 and (iii) the most recent period for which figures are available, according to Land Registry data.
(158196)
198
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment has been made of the effect of the introduction of home information packs on the housing market.
(158245)
199
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities have instituted alarm notification orders.
(158017)
200
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what further steps she plans to take to increase the supply of affordable shared equity and rented family homes in (a) Warrington and (b) other housing hot spots in the North West.
(158419)
201
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many of the 160,000 homes to be built under the Government target for the Thames Gateway Interim Plan will be in a flood risk area; and if she will make a statement.
(158452)
202
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance her Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158599)
203
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what research her Department has carried out into the impact of projects supported by European Union Urban II funding in (a) Thames Gateway Kent and (b) the UK; and if she will make a statement.
(158610)
204
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes in East Devon were classed as (a) second homes and (b) holiday lets in each year since 1997.
(157982)
205
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations the Minister for the South West has made on Exeter's bid for unitary status to the Exeter Primary Care Trust; and if she will make a statement.
(158268)
206
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make a statement on the future funding of the Coalfields Regeneration Trust.
(158691)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
207
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people were employed by his Department on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158319)
208
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent on National Lottery ticket sales in (a) Wirral South, (b) Wirral, (c) Merseyside, (d) the North West and (e) England in the last year for which figures are available; and how much was distributed to good causes in those areas in the same period.
(158016)
209
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of progress in tackling the inequality of sports funding between men and women; what plans he has to reduce such inequality; and if he will make a statement.
(158426)
210
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funds have been allocated by HM Treasury to his Department to promote British tourism; and how these funds have been affected by the pre-Budget report.
(157970)
211
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans there are to review the relationship between Visit Britain and Enjoy England; and if he will make a statement.
(157971)
212
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Written Statement of 16th July 2007, Official Report, columns 1-3WS, on casinos, what progress has been made with the review of the introduction of small, large and regional casinos.
(157972)
213
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many diving pits there are in England; and where each is located.
(158741)
214
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 8th October 2007, Official Report, columns 334-6W, on swimming pools, how many diving pools have (a) closed and (b) opened in England since 1997; and how many of the diving pools are open to the public.
(158744)
215
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 8th October 2007, Official Report, columns 334-6W, on swimming pools, how many of the diving pools referred to provide a 10 metre high diving board.
(158745)
216
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 8th October 2007, Official Report, columns 334-6W, on swimming pools, how many of these diving pools are open to the general public.
(158746)
217
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he will reply to the letters from the hon. Member for Forest of Dean dated 20th April and 18th July regarding the Waterways Museum in Gloucester.
(158040)
218
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what effect he expects the establishment of a sporting village to have on the local community.
(158664)
219
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to attend any of the rugby league test matches between Great Britain and New Zealand in an official capacity.
(158665)
220
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was distributed to sport from the National Lottery in each year since 1997, broken down by sports lottery distributor.
(158147)
221
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA) decision to revoke the accreditation of the Horseracing Forensic Laboratory in Newmarket as a WADA-accredited laboratory; and what assessment he has made of and the implications of this decision for drug-testing in the UK.
(158207)
222
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the effect of the Safeguarding of Vulnerable People Act 2006 on sport.
(158226)
223
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate has been made of the cost of repairing flood damaged (a) cricket pitches and (b) other sports facilities; and what funding is available to help affected clubs.
(158228)
224
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his assessment is of the contribution of public service children's television programmes to children's development of knowledge and understanding of themselves and their environment; and if he will make a statement on future investment in UK commissioning and production of such programmes.
(158433)
225
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects to reply to the letter of 16th August (departmental reference 76546) from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire.
(157429)
226
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158598)
227
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the BBC received in the form of (a) loans , (b) direct payments and (c) indirect payments from EU institutions in each of the last five years.
(158605)
228
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if his Department will revise the Child Protection in Sport guidance to ensure more structured risk in school sport.
(157985)
229
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions he has had with the Secretaries of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills and Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform on the implementation of recommendation 39 of the Gowers Review, on internet service providers' responsibility for copyright theft.
(158203)
230
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress is being made on the implementation of recommendation 39 of the Gowers Review, on internet service providers' responsibility for copyright theft; and if he will make a statement.
(158204)
231
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to ensure that internet service providers share responsibility with rights holders for combating online copyright theft.
(158205)
232
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects to publish the Creative Economy White Paper.
(158206)
233
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of those eligible have applied for assistance with digital switchover in Whitehaven.
(158568)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
234
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many D-Notices were issued by the Defence, Press and Broadcasting Advisory Committee in each year since 1997.
(158231)
235
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were employed by his Department on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158322)
236
Mr Brian Binley (Northampton South):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the council tax rebate for serving personnel in the armed forces will come into effect.
(158615)
237
N
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his estimate is of the number of incidents of intersectional violence in Basra in (a) July, (b) August and (c) September.
(157085)
238
N
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total annual cost was to the (a) defence budget and (b) reserve of payments made to servicemen arising from service in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan in the latest period for which figures are available.
(157086)
239
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of members of the armed forces who served on the front line in each of the last five years received bonus payments in each of those years; what the (a) amount of bonuses paid and (b) largest single payment was in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(157426)
240
Mr David Cameron (Witney):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the Future Strategic Tanker Aircraft programme; and if he will make a statement.
(157953)
241
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what objections his Department made to wind farm planning applications in each of the last two years.
(158424)
242
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, at what bases UK forces are stationed in Iraq; and what measures are in place in each such base to prevent death or injury from rocket attack.
(158445)
243
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what Coalition policy is on seeking agreements with militias in Iraq; and if he will make a statement.
(158446)
244
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8th October 2007, Official Report, column 62W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, what the monetary value is of all items stolen.
(158352)
245
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8th October 2007, Official Report, column 62W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, how many cases of theft are being investigated; and on what date each investigation began.
(158353)
246
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8th October 2007, Official Report, column 62W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, for what reason his Department did not keep information on the number of reported thefts before October 2006.
(158354)
247
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 8th October 2007, Official Report, column 62W, on Afghanistan: peacekeeping operations, if he will give details of the eight reports of theft that have been confirmed.
(158356)
248
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Prime Minister's statement of 8th October 2007, Official Report, column 24, on Iraq update, how much additional funding in (a) direct resource departmental expenditure limit, (b) indirect resource departmental expenditure limit and (c) capital departmental expenditure limit has been provided to his Department from the reserve to cover the cost of doubling the number of internet terminals and the provision of free wireless internet for soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(158361)
249
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, from which budget funding will be provided for the 140 additional Mastiff vehicles announced by the Prime Minister in his statement on Iraq update of 8th October 2007, Official Report, columns 21-38.
(158389)
250
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest version of (a) his Department's Corporate Planning Assumptions, (b) the Defence Programme Directory and (c) the Defence Strategic Guidance.
(158390)
251
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the request for resources 1 (a) direct resource departmental expenditure limit (DEL), (b) indirect resource DEL and (c) capital DEL forecast control totals are for each of his Department's top level budget holders in each of the years 2008-09 to 2010-11.
(158391)
252
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the spectrum charge paid by his Department in near cash terms was in each year from 1999-2000 to 2007-08; and what estimate he has made of the amount of the charge in each year from 2008-09 to 2010-11.
(158392)
253
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the (a) 1st Battalion the Royal Gurkha Rifles, (b) 1st Battalion the Royal Green Jackets and (c) 2nd Battalion the Parachute Regiment were deployed on operations in Iraq or Afghanistan in (i) 2004, (ii) 2005, (iii) 2006 and (iv) 2007.
(158393)
254
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what units down to company level formed the Spearhead Land Element in 2005.
(158394)
255
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which military units form the UK's current commitment to the NATO Response Force.
(158395)
256
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will take steps to make regular eye tests and laser surgery available to military personnel.
(158578)
257
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the NATO and Egypt Individual Cooperation Programme.
(158273)
258
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which of the NATO Mediterranean Dialogue Partner countries have begun negotiations for Individual Cooperation Programmes with NATO; and when these negotiations are expected to be concluded.
(158274)
259
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what factors are taken into account by Defence Estate officials when reviewing in detail the background to a charity event to be held on defence property; what factors were taken into account in carrying out this function in respect of the Sergeant Biddiss Charity event held at RAF Brize Norton; and when officials decided to waive the liability charge for that event.
(158302)
260
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the projected expenditure is in the period covered by the 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review on (a) the UK nuclear deterrent programme, including on the atomic weapons establishment and the future submarine programme, (b) the atomic weapons establishment and (c) the future submarine programme.
(158335)
261
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what timeline he expects for the future submarine programme, including the dates for (a) high level design specification, (b) design matures, (c) long leads, (d) start of construction, (e) nuclear power plant trials and (f) sea trials.
(158336)
262
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of the (a) total UK military helicopter fleet and (b) the helicopter fleet deployed in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan are considered (A) fit for service and (B) fit for purpose, broken down by helicopter type.
(158358)
263
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many drugs tests on (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF personnel produced positive results in each quarter since January 2006, broken down by the (i) class of drugs and (ii) regiment concerned.
(158359)
264
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many military exercises were cancelled in (a) 2004, (b) 2005 and (c) 2006; and what the reasons were for cancelling each exercise.
(158362)
265
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel in the (a) RAF, (b) Army, (c) Navy, (d) Marines and (e) Reserves have been (i) overpaid and (ii) underpaid under the joint personnel administration system since March 2006.
(158363)
266
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) actual strength, (b) establishment and (c) percentage difference between establishment and actual strength is of each specialty of qualified medical personnel in the Army.
(158364)
267
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many officers in the Army are surplus to requirement; and what plans there are to reduce this number.
(158372)
268
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much Defence Estate North has charged in liability charges for charity events held on his Department's property since April 2005.
(158373)
269
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service living accommodation and service families' accommodation units were empty in each of the last 12 months; and how much his Department paid in rent to Annington Homes for these properties over that period.
(158374)
270
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent on substitute services accommodation in each year since 2002.
(158375)
271
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army have been killed in operations in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan since 2003.
(158377)
272
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average number of training days per year was for members of the Territorial Army in each year since 2003.
(158378)
273
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many beds in military wards and hospitals there were in each month since May 1997; and how many of those were occupied by military personnel injured in the line of duty in each of those months.
(158381)
274
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) level of uptake and (b) cost was of the (i) standard learning credits scheme and (ii) enhanced learning credits scheme for (A) officers and (B) other ranks in each year since 1997.
(158382)
275
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what strategic military capabilities his Department will seek to develop in the next 10 years.
(158383)
276
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by Defence Estates on providing Sika deer with global positioning system collars in the Poole basin area.
(158384)
277
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost has been of the assistance provided by the British Army Training and Support Unit to the manatee conservation project in Belize; and what type of helicopter was used by the Army Air Corps to assist the project.
(158385)
278
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent providing sunbed facilities on British military bases in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.
(158386)
279
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British soldiers have served in Iraq in the last three years.
(158387)
280
Nick Harvey (North Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what information he has on the ethnic and religious composition of the Iraqi (a) police and (b) security forces of the (i) Ministry of Defence and (ii) Ministry of the Interior; and if he will make a statement.
(158388)
281
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much it costs to run an infantry battalion (light role) for one year.
(157966)
282
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what measures he is taking to ensure that ex-service personnel receive appropriate levels of medical services and support.
(158759)
283
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what long-term capacity the Royal Navy will retain in respect of (a) minehunters and (b) patrol vessels.
(157212)
284
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes are proposed to the numbers of (a) destroyers and (b) frigates in consequence of the ordering of the two future aircraft carriers.
(157213)
285
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the 1,000 personnel to be withdrawn from Iraq are to be located following their withdrawal.
(157214)
286
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he was first told that the Prime Minister would be announcing troop withdrawals during his visit to Iraq.
(157216)
287
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons Questions (a) 154393, (b) 154394 and (c) 154397 on the Royal Navy, tabled by the hon. Member for New Forest East on 26th July 2007 for named day answer on 8th October 2007, have not yet received substantive answers; and if he will make a statement.
(157434)
288
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what evaluation has been made of the efficacy of the TRIM programme.
[R] (158246)
289
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate (a) the cost of making service in the armed forces prior to 1975 of less than 22 years duration pensionable and (b) the consequential costs elsewhere in the public sector of making service in the armed forces prior to 1975 of less than 22 years duration pensionable.
(158652)
290
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed forces are entitled to the council tax exemption on his Department's homes.
(158109)
291
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed forces will be entitled to the new council tax discount on homes not owned by his Department for troops serving abroad.
(158110)
292
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to increase the level of the discount for members of the armed forces serving abroad on operational duty each year in line with council tax inflation.
(158111)
293
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the Minister for Veterans will reply to the letter of 21st August 2007, Departmental reference MC04605/2007, from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire.
(157432)
294
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158597)
295
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many former members of the Merchant Marine have been awarded a war pension.
(158439)
296
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in which areas of the world members of the Merchant Marine qualify for a war pension served.
(158440)
297
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) people and (b) non-UK Commonwealth citizens have been recruited to the Royal Regiment of Scotland in each year since its creation.
(158701)
298
Pete Wishart (Perth and North Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-UK Commonwealth citizens are serving with the Royal Regiment of Scotland.
(158702)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
299
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on how many infected premises livestock have been slaughtered in relation to the recent outbreaks of foot and mouth disease; and how many individual holdings make up the number of infected premises.
(157931)
300
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on which premises livestock was culled during the recent outbreaks of foot and mouth disease on the basis of (a) being on infected premises, (b) the policy of slaughter on suspicion, (c) dangerous contact and (d) being on contiguous premises.
(157932)
301
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) infected premises, (b) slaughter on suspicion premises, (c) dangerous contacts and (d) contiguous premises were tested during the recent outbreaks of foot and mouth disease for signs of the disease; and how many in each category returned positive tests.
(157933)
302
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, at how many premises during the recent outbreaks of foot and mouth disease culling was undertaken before the receipt of test results.
(157934)
303
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many test results which were available before culling during the recent outbreak of foot and mouth disease were negative.
(157935)
304
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the incidence of the use of antibiotics as a surrogate for growth promoters in livestock; and if he will make a statement.
(158236)
305
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will commission a review of the extent of the prophylactic use of antibiotics in livestock production; and if he will prohibit the advertising of prescription-only antibiotics directly to farmers.
(158239)
306
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were employed by his Department on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158323)
307
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will ensure that there is parity in the financial assistance packages introduced for farmers in the UK following the recent foot and mouth outbreaks.
(157424)
308
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he plans to have with devolved administrations on developing packages of financial support to farmers following the recent foot and mouth outbreaks.
(157425)
309
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what incentives his Department provides for local authorities to engage with local businesses to promote recycling.
(157936)
310
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what legislative provisions apply to the safe disposal of timber treated with (a) copper chrome arsenate, (b) ammoniacal copper quaternary, (c) copper azole, (d) boron, (e) creosote and (f) pyrethroid and metal-based light organic solvent preservatives.
(157976)
311
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of natural peatlands as net absorbers of carbon dioxide; and what measures are in place to protect peatlands to combat greenhouse gas emissions.
(157979)
312
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many animals have been slaughtered as a consequence of the ban on exports because of foot and mouth disease.
(157700)
313
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will ensure price support is provided for farmers affected by the foot and mouth outbreaks of 2007.
(157419)
314
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to establish an independent public inquiry into its handling of the foot and mouth outbreaks of 2007.
(157420)
315
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department plans to relax the 20 day standstill rule for livestock outside the foot and mouth controlled zones.
(157421)
316
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on the spread of Cameraria Ohridella.
(158742)
317
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will include annual targets for carbon reductions in the Climate Change Bill.
(158761)
318
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy that (a) any carbon budget he sets out for 2008 to 2012 will require a lower level of emissions in that period than in the preceding five years and (b) that every future budget period will be set at a level lower than its predecessor.
(158343)
319
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the Draft Marine Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(158345)
320
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what work his Department has undertaken to identify the efficiency savings suggested in the Comprehensive Spending Review as available by 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.
(158355)
321
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to implement the recommendations of the review, Flooding Lessons Learned, chaired by Sir Michael Pitt.
(158753)
322
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on progress of the UK's application to the European Union for financial assistance following the summer floods.
(158532)
323
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the populations of the (a) pea mining bee (andrena lathyri), (b) dark guest ant (anergates atratulus), (c) short haired bumble bee (bombus subterraneus), (d) New Forest cicada (cicadetta montana), (e) Ivell's sea anemone (Edwardsia ivelli), (f) black-backed meadow ant (formica pratensis), (g) nomad errans-a cuckoo bee, (h) stenus palposus-a rove beetle and (i) Essex emerald (thetida smaragdaria maritima) in England; and if he will make a statement.
(157974)
324
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has commissioned research on the carbon footprint of those on low incomes compared to those on high incomes.
(158538)
325
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost to farmers of the cost sharing mechanism for animal health and welfare announced in the Chancellor of the Exchequer's statement on the comprehensive spending review.
(158541)
326
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what requirements there are for (a) new and (b) existing landfill sites to collect methane emissions from the site and use them as an energy source.
(158089)
327
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will place in Library a copy of the research report commissioned by his Department on the effect of best and most versatile land designation on planning decisions (LE0217).
(158090)
328
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much agricultural land in England, in hectares, was given for best and most versatile status in (a) 1997 or the nearest year available and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(158091)
329
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme has given to local authorities on the use of surveillance in relation to (i) fly-tipping and (ii) waste collection.
(158092)
330
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of fly-tipping incidents were accounted for by houshold waste in each year for which the Flycapture database holds figures.
(158093)
331
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many fly-tipping incidents were reported through the Flycapture database in each local authority in each year since the database was established.
(158094)
332
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate his Department has made of the tonnage of fly-tipping in England in each year.
(158095)
333
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme has given to local authorities on the size of wheelie bins for household rubbish collection.
(158096)
334
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will list the research, including opinion research and polling, which his Department has (a) undertaken in-house and (b) commissioned from external sources in relation to charging for the collection of household rubbish.
(158097)
335
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research and statistical data gathering has been undertaken by (a) his Department and (b) its agencies into the proportion and tonnage of household waste collected for recycling which is sent for processing outside the UK.
(158112)
336
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme has given to local authorities on the sizes of wheelie bins for household rubbish collection.
(158113)
337
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) statutory and (b) non-statutory central government targets exist for local authorities to increase recycling and composting rates; what the dates are for those targets to be met; and on what dates the targets were introduced.
(158114)
338
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what additional funding is being provided to local authorities to meet central government recycling targets.
(158115)
339
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath of 25th June 2007, Official Report, columns 156-7W, on domestic wastes: waste disposal, what estimate has been made of the proportion of household rubbish collected for recycling that is not recycled in local authorities which do not have material recycling facilities.
(158138)
340
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what records the Waste Resources Action Programme holds of the local authorities in (a) Wales, (b) Scotland and (c) Northern Ireland which have moved to alternate weekly collections of household rubbish.
(158213)
341
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what health and safety guidance has been provided to local authorities in relation to manual handling in kerbside collection of domestic rubbish and recyclables.
(158215)
342
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice (a) his Department and (b) the Waste Resources Action Programme has given to local authorities on food waste collection, including which types of food can and cannot be placed in food waste buckets.
(158216)
343
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the percentage of the UK's renewable energy emissions that comes from using methane collected from landfill sites as an energy source.
(158219)
344
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme has produced or commissioned on the use of radio frequency identification chips in rubbish bins.
(158220)
345
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research, advice or guidance the consultancy Eunomia has produced at public expense on levying charges on households for providing containers which will hold domestic rubbish.
(158247)
346
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice or guidance (a) the Waste Resources Action Programme and (b) his Department has provided to councils on levying charges on households for providing containers which will hold domestic rubbish.
(158248)
347
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the forecast change in landfill tax receipts is for each of the next three years.
(158249)
348
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice or consultancy services (a) the Waste Resources Action Programme and (b) his Department has provided to Broxbourne council in relation to charging for domestic rubbish collection or charging for containers which will hold domestic rubbish.
(158250)
349
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the amount of landfill tax which will be raised from waste arising from recent serious cases of flooding.
(158251)
350
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Surrey Heath of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 83W, on fly-tipping, for what reason the estimated number of fly-tipping incidents between April 2005 and March 2006 in England differs from the figure given in the Answer to the hon. Member for Meriden of 1st November 2006, Official Report, column 458W, on fly-tipping.
(158279)
351
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will introduce a sow welfare disposal scheme.
(158294)
352
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether, under his Department's proposals to allow local authorities to charge for the collection of household waste, waste collection authorities will remain under an obligation to collect rubbish from households which did not pay the charges.
(158403)
353
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion and number of fly-tipping incidents recorded on the Flycapture database were associated with traveller sites in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(158406)
354
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) 2005 and (b) 2007 editions of the guidance produced by Waste Resources Action Programme on alternate weekly collections of household rubbish.
(158409)
355
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Environment Agency's definition is of the probability of (a) low, (b) medium and (c) high flood risk in terms of the frequency in years at which an area is likely to flood.
(158411)
356
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158596)
357
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to support the UK mushroom farming industry.
(158612)
358
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the major multiple retailers and other food retailers in the UK to stock locally grown mushrooms in their stores.
(158613)
359
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many cases of botulism have been reported in livestock in 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(157988)
360
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to reduce the risk of botulism being transferred to livestock from poultry waste.
(157989)
361
N
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, to which individuals and organisations his Department's Tomorrow's Climate, Today's Challenge pack has been distributed; and what the cost of distributing the pack has been (a) in total, (b) for research, (c) in staff time and (d) for printing.
(157981)
362
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what compensation is available to (a) cattle hauliers and (b) other industries allied to farming adversely affected by the cattle movement restrictions in place as a result of foot and mouth disease.
(158636)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
363
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will bring forward proposals for a written constitution for Europe.
(158677)
364
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received on a draft European constitution; and if he will make a statement.
(158678)
365
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people were employed by his Department on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158315)
366
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met his Indian and Chinese counterparts to discuss the situation in Burma.
(158438)
367
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when his Department and the British High Commission Visa Section in Islamabad will reply to the Member for Edinburgh West's letter of 26th June 2007 and further faxes of 26th July 2007 and 22nd August 2007 on his constituent Mr Zahida Mubarik.
(158739)
368
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what role his Department played in the visit to the UK of Bolivian opposition Senator Oscar Oritz Anselo; which elements of Mr Anselo's programme have been organised by his Department; what future meetings are planned between his Department and Bolivian opposition leaders; what steps he is taking to develop relations with the democratically-elected President and government of Bolivia; and how many visits his Department has facilitated to the UK on the part of Bolivian government representatives since May 2006.
(157947)
369
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Chevening scholarships were granted in each of the last three years, broken down by country of origin of recipient.
(156937)
370
N
Mr William Cash (Stone):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, to what extent the Government's decision on whether a referendum should be held on the Constitutional Treaty, or whether that Treaty should be rejected, is dependent upon the Government's judgement that the Treaty incorporates the red lines requested by the Government.
(158018)
371
N
Mr William Cash (Stone):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his response of 9th October 2007 to the Supplementary Question from the hon. Member for Kettering, Official Report, column 151, on the Constitutional Treaty, if he will clarify which legal draft he referred to; what the status is of the Opinion of the European Commission (COM(207) 412 final) in that regard; which parts of the draft to which he referred differ from the draft document on which the European Scrutiny Committee has already reported; what the evidential basis is for his statement that the new draft makes clear the direction in which Europe is moving and respects the red lines which the Government has requested; and to what extent that evidential basis is derived from the changes incorporated into the new document.
(158022)
372
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) advice and (b) guidance his Department has issued to UK citizens with past drugs offences who wish to travel to the US; and if he will make a statement.
(158447)
373
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what records the Government holds on the role of UK Government agencies in post-independence elections in Nigeria; and if he will make a statement.
(158448)
374
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visa offices are operated by his Department in (a) Bangladesh, (b) India and (c) Pakistan; and how many staff are employed in each of those offices to process visa applications.
(158287)
375
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visa applications were processed by his Department in (a) Bangladesh, (b) India and (c) Pakistan in each (i) year and (ii) month since 2001.
(158288)
376
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many visas have been (a) issued and (b) refused by his Department in (i) Bangladesh, (ii) India and (iii) Pakistan since 2001.
(158289)
377
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what targets are set for the processing of visa applications by consular staff in (a) Bangladesh, (b) India and (c) Pakistan.
(158290)
378
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the UK has made to the government of Sudan on implementing the Eastern Sudan Peace Agreement with the full deployment of Eastern Front troops; and what further steps have been taken to ensure the integration and rehabilitation of the troops.
(158153)
379
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to persuade the United States of America to reverse its policy of spraying the poppy crop in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(157427)
380
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what changes there have been between the latest draft of the EU Reform Treaty and the previous draft.
(157538)
381
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Government's objectives for the forthcoming international Conference on the Middle East Peace Process to be held by the United States of America.
(158271)
382
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps have been taken by the Government to inform Iraqi staff (a) working for and (b) who formerly worked for the Government that they are eligible for assistance from the UK.
(158275)
383
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the budget is for ex gratia assistance to (a) Iraqi staff working for the Government and (b) Iraqi staff who formerly worked for the Government; and if he will make a statement.
(158276)
384
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Secretary of State for the Home Department and (b) others on assisting the travel of Chernobyl-affected children to the UK for rest and recuperation; what effect the operation of biometric visas will have on the case of such travel; and if he will make a statement.
(158550)
385
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the Government of Iran on the persecution of the Baha'i community, with particular reference to young Baha'i people being allowed to attend university; and if he will make a statement.
(158551)
386
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 9th October 2007, Official Report, columns 27-8WS, on Iraq: assistance to locally employed staff, whether he has considered extending the scheme to Afghanistan.
(157539)
387
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 9th October 2007, Official Report, columns 27-8W, on Iraq: assistance to locally employed staff, whether the scheme will apply to (a) non-Iraqi nationals who work, or have worked, for UK armed forces and civilian missions in Iraq since 2003 and (b) staff who work, or have worked, for UK armed forces and civilian missions in Iraq who have been injured as a result of, or in the course of their service regardless of whether they meet the other criteria.
(157540)
388
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his most recent assessment is of the political situation in Zimbabwe and the risks to civilians who oppose the Zimbabwe government; and if he will make a statement.
(158045)
389
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the situation in Burma.
(158655)
390
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what measures he is taking to promote freedom of speech and expression within Burma.
(158656)
391
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what pressure is being placed upon the Burmese government to stop abuses of human rights.
(158657)
392
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress is being made towards a peace settlement in the Middle East.
(158658)
393
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he expects the new peace-keeping force to be deployed in full in Darfur.
(158762)
394
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress is being made to finding a settlement in relation to the situation in Darfur.
(158763)
395
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of progress in implementing the UN Security Council resolution on the future of Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.
(158023)
396
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Russian government's intention to veto any UN Security Council resolution that would give Kosovo supervised independence; and if he will make a statement.
(158024)
397
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress of the Contact Group in resolving the future of Kosovo; and if he will make a statement.
(158025)
398
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions have taken place between his Department and the Russian government on the position of non-governmental organisations in Russia; and if he will make a statement.
(158026)
399
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department has taken to support the position of non-governmental organisations in Russia; and if he will make a statement.
(158027)
400
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions have taken place between his Department and the Russian government on the extradition of Andrei Lugovoi; what recent progress has occurred on the matter; and if he will make a statement.
(158028)
401
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the signing of human rights agreements by Saudi Arabia on the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia; and if he will make a statement.
(158029)
402
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia; and if he will make a statement.
(158030)
403
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions have taken place between his Department and the Russian government on human rights in Russia; what progress was made during these discussions; and if he will make a statement.
(158098)
404
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on human rights violations in Russia; what assessment he has made of those reports; and if he will make a statement.
(158154)
405
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he plans for the UK (a) to take part in and (b) be represented at next year's 400 year celebrations in Quebec; and if he will make a statement.
(157436)
406
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the written statement of 9th October, Official Report, columns 27-8WS, on Iraq: assistance to locally employed staff, whether Iraqi nationals who are admitted to the United Kingdom under the Gateway Protection Programme will be subject to the normal annual limit on places available under the programme.
(157964)
407
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 9th October, Official Report, columns 27-8WS, on Iraq: assistance to locally employed staff, what his estimate is of the number of Iraqi nationals who (a) work and (b) have worked in Iraq as (i) direct employees of the UK armed forces or the Ministry of Defence, (ii) on letters of appointment from HM Embassy Baghdad or the British Embassy offices in Basra and the Kurdistan region and (iii) as direct employees of the Department for International Development or the British Council.
(157993)
408
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens were employed by non-UK-based private contractors in Iraq not concerned with security matters in each of the last five years.
(158257)
409
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens were employed by non UK-based private security contractors in Iraq in each of the last five years.
(158258)
410
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens working for UK-based private security contractors in Iraq were (a) killed and (b) injured in each of the last five years.
(158259)
411
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens working for non UK-based private security contractors in Iraq were (a) killed and (b) injured in each of the last five years.
(158260)
412
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens were employed by UK-based private contractors in Iraq not concerned with security matters in each of the last five years.
(158261)
413
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people employed by UK-based security contractors in Iraq were (a) killed and (b) injured in each of the last five years.
(158264)
414
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many people employed by UK-based contractors in Iraq not concerned with security matters were (a) killed and (b) injured in each of the last five years.
(158265)
415
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens working for non UK-based contractors in Iraq not concerned with security matters were (a) killed and (b) injured in each of the last five years.
(158266)
416
Mr Owen Paterson (North Shropshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many UK citizens working for UK-based contractors in Iraq not concerned with security matters were (a) killed and (b) injured in each of the last five years.
(158267)
417
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to implement the European Grouping for Territorial Co-operation.
(158184)
418
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions his Department has had with the European Commission on the establishment of a House of Europe in London; and if he will make a statement.
(158450)
419
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158595)
420
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Stroud of 10th September 2007, Official Report, column 2005W, whether the Government has received the UN assessment team's appraisal of the situation in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia; and if he will make a statement.
(158280)
421
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the average price was of a UK work visa from Ukraine in each year since 2003.
(157957)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
422
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women who attended a British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) consultation centre were refused an abortion against the criteria in the Abortion Act 1967 in the last 12 months; what guidance his Department has provided to BPAS on the interpretation of section 1 of that Act; and if he will make a statement.
(158307)
423
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by his Department on links between obesity and infertility; and if he will make a statement.
(158308)
424
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by his Department on (i) the effectiveness and (ii) the safety of the Mirena contraceptive device; whether he has any plans to make this contraceptive device available on NHS prescription; and if he will make a statement.
(158309)
425
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the Ministers from his Department who will be (a) attending and (b) speaking at the Marie Stopes International Conference being held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on 23rd to 24th October; whether his Department will be contributing (i) direct funding, (ii) informal support and (iii) personnel; whether there are restrictions on the use of these contributions; whether officials from his Department will (A) attend and (B) participate; if he will place in the Library any material produced for the conference by his Department; what discussions his Department has had with the Department for International Development on this conference; and if he will make a statement.
(158310)
426
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resuscitation equipment is provided at British Pregnancy Advisory Service consultation centres; on how many occasions this equipment was used in each of the last five years for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.
(158379)
427
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what stakeholders regularly consulted by his Department are known to take a (a) pro-life and (b) pro-choice position on abortion-related issues; and if he will make a statement.
(158380)
428
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to monitor the possible health implications of the emission of PM2.5 particles from (a) incinerators and (b) other industrial processes.
(158238)
429
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the implications for human health of the prevalance of antibiotic (a) use and (b) resistance in farm animals.
(158241)
430
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the use in livestock production of antibiotics of last resort for humans; and if he will make a statement.
(158242)
431
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were employed by his Department on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158318)
432
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the mobile phone industry on developing increased protection for users from radiation from prolonged mobile phone use.
(157416)
433
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what evaluation his Department has made of recent international research into the health effects of prolonged mobile phone use.
(157417)
434
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with his European counterparts on developing greater protection for users from radiation from prolonged mobile phone use.
(157418)
435
N
Mr Stephen Byers (North Tyneside):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are in receipt of NHS continuing care services in each primary care trust; and what percentage this represents per 50,000 of each trust's population.
(158432)
436
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what action he is taking to ensure that the full range of biologics is available to patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
(158145)
437
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential impact on health outcomes of instructions to consultants by primary care trusts to reduce by 40 per cent. follow-up appointments.
(158155)
438
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued to NHS bodies on contributing to health awareness weeks; and if he will make a statement.
(158425)
439
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the compliance with UK regulatory and licensing requirements of skin-lightening products; and if he will make a statement.
(158449)
440
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prostate specific antigen (PSA) tests were carried out by the National Health Service in 2006-07; how many men were diagnosed with prostate cancer as a result of the test; what alternatives to the PSA test have been assessed; what plans he has to introduce such alternative tests; and what discussions he has had with his counterpart in the Welsh Assembly Government on methods of prostate cancer diagnosis.
(157978)
441
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the NHS spent on translators in each of the last five years.
(157702)
442
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which 250 stakeholder groups were met by Lord Darzi as part of the Our NHS Our Future exercise.
(158692)
443
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 8th October 2007, Official Report, column 285W, on general practitioners: rents, who is responsible for monitoring compliance with Direction 48.
(158738)
444
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the establishment of polyclinics on the existing pharmacy network.
(158740)
445
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list the consultees to the interim report from the Our NHS Our Future exercise.
(158743)
446
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration was given to the merits of appointing a pharmacist to Lord Darzi's advisory board on future strategy on primary and community care.
(158748)
447
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of the NHS Choices website has been since its establishment.
(158749)
448
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the establishment of polyclinics on access to care in areas of greatest need.
(158750)
449
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the ability of the service plans of local commissioners to meet the needs of people with autism in (a) Portsmouth and (b) Hampshire; and if he will make a statement.
(158553)
450
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that local commissioners (a) demonstrate their plans to provide services to people with autism and (b) implement those plans with adequate resources in (i) Portsmouth and (ii) Hampshire; and if he will make a statement.
(158554)
451
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans there are for the future of Royston Hospital.
(158240)
452
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to develop Royston Hospital in the same way as Hertford County Hospital; and if he will make a statement.
(158253)
453
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate the NHS has made of the number of patients in the catchment area for Hertford County Hospital.
(158254)
454
Mr Oliver Heald (North East Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment the NHS has made of the number of patients in the catchment area for Royston Hospital; to what extent this includes patients from Cambridge and Essex in addition to Hertfordshire patients; and if he will make a statement.
(158255)
455
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on progress on the development of the new clinical assessment treatment and support centre at Chorley and South Ribble Hospital.
(158659)
456
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the number of dentists accepting new NHS patients within the Chorley area.
(158660)
457
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to encourage that more dentists accept new NHS patients within the Chorley area.
(158661)
458
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will increase the level of funding from the NHS to hospices.
(158662)
459
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust area have been required to pay back money to their primary care trust because they could not complete the number of units of dental activity required by their NHS contracts.
(157994)
460
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines there are for provision of palliative care for patients who wish to die at home; and if he will make a statement.
(157995)
461
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what amount of funding was allocated in each primary care trust area to palliative care for patients who wish to die at home in each year since 1997.
(157996)
462
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the waiting times are for digital hearing aid (a) assessment and (b) fitting in the Stockport Primary Care Trust area.
(157997)
463
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department is taking steps to ensure that young women who left school in summer 2007 before the human papilloma virus vaccination programme was introduced have access to this vaccination on the NHS.
(157998)
464
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwives were employed in the NHS Stockport Primary Care Trust in each year since 1997; and how many vacancies for midwives there were in the Trust in each year.
(157999)
465
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwives were in training in Stockport Primary Care Trust hospitals in each year since 1997.
(158000)
466
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many babies were born in NHS maternity units in Stockport Primary Care Trust hospitals in each year since 1997.
(158001)
467
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of (a) registered carers and (b) people with diabetes in the Stockport Primary Care Trust area received an influenza vaccination in each year since 1997.
(158002)
468
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of eligible pensioners who receive influenza vaccinations.
(158003)
469
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pensioners received a free influenza vaccine in (a) Cheadle constituency and (b) Stockport Primary Care Trust area in each year since 1997; and what percentage each figure represents of those eligible in each year.
(158004)
470
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many free influenza vaccines (a) are available for use, (b) will be available for use by November 2007 and (c) will be available for use by December 2007 in (i) Cheadle constituency and (ii) Stockport Primary Care Trust area.
(158005)
471
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses were employed by Stockport Primary Care Trust in each year since 1997.
(158006)
472
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists in (a) England and (b) each primary care trust area have completed (i) 96 per cent. and (ii) 100 per cent. of the number of units of dental activity in their NHS contracts.
(158007)
473
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what decision has been made by his Department regarding a catch-up campaign for the human papilloma virus vaccine for females aged between 12 to 26 years.
(158008)
474
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what rules or guidelines his Department has in place governing the length of time that NHS employees are allowed to take paid leave on (a) compassionate and (b) other grounds; what the overall maximum period is for which paid leave will be given; and if he will make a statement.
(157737)
475
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets were set for delayed discharge of patients aged (a) below 65 years and (b) 65 years and over in each year since 1997.
(157704)
476
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many delayed discharges there were of patients aged (a) below 65 years and (b) 65 years and over nationally in each year since 1997, broken down by health trust.
(157705)
477
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who the 72 doctors, nurses and health professionals are who have agreed to become clinical champions in strategic health authorities as part of the NHS Next Stage Review, as stated in issue three of the month, published on his Department's website on 4th October.
(158458)
478
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS hospitals (a) he and (b) each other Minister in his Department has visited since 27th June.
(158460)
479
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to allow the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence to undertake appraisals of medicines prior to the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency granting them a product licence.
(158461)
480
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to issue guidance to NHS trusts on how they should prioritise their staff for receiving a pandemic-specific vaccine in the event of an influenza pandemic.
(158462)
481
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of introducing MRSA screening for (a) elective and (b) all admissions to hospital.
(158463)
482
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the level of funding required to introduce 100 new GP practices into the 25 per cent. of primary care trusts with the poorest provision, as stated on page 25 of his Department's NHS Next Stage Review: Interim Report, published 4th October.
(158464)
483
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the level at which fines for poor control of hospital infection, as announced in his Department's NHS Next Stage Review: Interim Report, published 4th October 2007, need to be set to establish appropriate incentives to improve hospital cleanliness; to whom the fines will be paid; what assessment he has made of the likely effect of fining hospitals on the level of resources available for other elements of patient care; and if he will make a statement.
(158465)
484
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to establish Patient Safety Direct, as announced in his Department's publication, Our NHS, Our Future, NHS Next Stage Review: Interim Report, gateway reference 8857, published 4th October.
(158466)
485
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) first finished consultant episodes and (b) finished consultant episodes there were in the NHS in each year since 1990-91.
(158467)
486
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department expects completion of the long term condition whole system demonstrator project action plans for (a) Newham, (b) Kent and (c) Cornwall; what the estimated cost to the public purse of each project is; and what steps he is taking to engage with stakeholders to inform the development of the implementation plans.
(158468)
487
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he will issue guidance to employers on the stockpiling of clinical counter-measures for use in an influenza pandemic, with reference to his letter sent to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire, dated 2nd October 2007, reference PO00000234688.
(158469)
488
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many websites his Department has operated in each month since May 2005; what sites his Department currently operates; if he will list all sites his Department has (a) agreed to close and (b) agreed to close in principle; and if he will make a statement.
(158471)
489
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of backlog maintenance was in the NHS in each year from 1997-98 to 2006-07 (a) in total and (b) broken down by NHS organisation.
(158472)
490
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish his Department's revenue allocations to each primary care trust for the years (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11.
(158473)
491
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of funding required to establish the 150 new GP-led health centres referred to on page 25 of his Department's NHS Next Stage Review: Interim Report, published on 4th October 2007; when he intends to introduce the centres; and if he will make a statement.
(158474)
492
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis is for the statement on page 15 of his Department's NHS Next Stage Review: Interim Report, published on 4th October 2007, that 56 per cent. of hospital inpatients did not have the opportunity to speak to a doctor.
(158475)
493
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to establish a single three-digit number for access to urgent care services, as stated on page 27 of his Department's NHS Next Stage Review, published on 4th October 2007.
(158476)
494
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his latest estimate is of the average cost of delivering and processing an individual chlamydia screening test.
(158477)
495
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the (a) methodology and (b) accuracy of the analysis conducted by the West Midlands Ambulance Service of responses to its consultation on reconfiguration of its emergency operations centres.
(158227)
496
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what proportion of (a) pre-school children, (b) children under five years and (c) children under 12 years received eye tests in each primary care trust in the last 12 months.
(158637)
497
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist nurses were employed in (a) rheumatology and (b) diabetes in each year since 2001.
(158653)
498
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to restructure the regional boundaries of the strategic health authorities.
(158185)
499
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to establish regional offices of his Department; and whether they will be based on (a) strategic health authorities and (b) Government Office for the Region boundaries.
(158186)
500
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the likely number of fines to be issued for non-compliance with the public smoking ban in the first year of operation in England.
(158187)
501
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of best practice in hospital infection control in the UK private hospital sector.
(158490)
502
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people contracted MRSA or clostridium difficile in (a) NHS hospitals, (b) military hospitals and (c) private sector UK hospitals in 2006.
(158493)
503
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to record the number of bank and agency staff employed by the NHS and publish data on an annual basis.
(158537)
504
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many renal counsellors are employed in England; at which kidney units they are located and what services they provide; whether their services are provided by the NHS; how many and what proportion of kidney patients saw a counsellor in the last 12 months; what the average number of sessions with a counsellor for each patient was in that period; by what means kidney patients may access counsellors and how they are informed of their ability to do so; and whether counsellors are employed solely to aid kidney patients.
(158396)
505
Mr Siôn Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the Healthcare Purchasing Consortium spent in 2006-07; and what it is forecast to spend in 2007-08.
(158675)
506
Mr Siôn Simon (Birmingham, Erdington):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the savings achieved within the NHS by the Healthcare Purchasing Consortium in 2006-07; and what estimate he has made of the expected equivalent figure for 2007-08.
(158676)
507
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158594)
508
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total allocated budget is for NHS research for each of the years 2008-09 to 2010-11.
(157929)
509
David Wright (Telford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average bed occupancy rate was for paediatric units at district general hospitals in England in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158208)
510
David Wright (Telford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance has been issued by his Department on bed occupancy rates for paediatric units.
(158209)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
511
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will bring forward proposals for legislation to create an offence of advertising an unborn baby for sale over the internet; and if she will make a statement.
(158337)
512
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were employed by her Department on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158316)
513
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps she is taking to tackle international money laundering.
(157293)
514
N
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children have their DNA details stored on a database.
(157295)
515
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many applications for certificates of approval for marriage in the UK were received in each of the last six months; how many applications have been (a) approved and (b) rejected in each of the last six months; and how many applications are outstanding.
(157710)
516
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the application by Chervonne Cole (reference: CA2768005762/001) for a certificate of approval to be married in the UK will be determined.
(157712)
517
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it Government policy to ensure that an increased proportion of police officers is deployed on road traffic enforcement duties.
(158146)
518
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10th September 2007, Official Report, column 1940W, on work permits: health professions, how many work permits were issued to (a) doctors and (b) nurses from Zimbabwe in each year since 1997.
(157703)
519
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 9th October 2007, to Question 149263, on work permits, if she will give a break down of the 20 non-EU nationalities receiving the most work permits for (i) doctors and (ii) nurses in each of the last 10 years.
(158339)
520
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what method of record keeping she requires establishments with a certificate of designation under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 to use; and what guidelines her Department has issued on consistency of such record keeping.
(158151)
521
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, at how many of the establishments in the UK with a certificate of designation under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 there is at least one member of the animal care staff or licensee constantly on site.
(158152)
522
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to provide access to appropriate (a) tests and (b) laser eye surgery for members of the Metropolitan Police Service in (i) firearms and (ii) other sections of the force.
(158579)
523
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make a statement on plans for the future of the 101 number.
(158747)
524
Sandra Gidley (Romsey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times police have been issued firearms in Hampshire in each of the last five years.
(158752)
525
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of stay of detainees within the immigration detention estate was in each of the last five years.
(158699)
526
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) national and (b) regional press officers were employed by the Border and Immigration Agency and its predecessor, the Immigration and Nationality Directorate, in each of the last 10 years.
(158700)
527
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what purpose her Department requires fibre optic cables to be laid in Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire; and if she will make a statement.
(158036)
528
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police are employed in Lancashire; and how many there were employed in 1997.
(158654)
529
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police community support officers are deployed in Lancashire.
(158767)
530
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent change there has been in the level of recorded crimes in (a) Chorley and (b) Lancashire, broken down by type of crime.
(158768)
531
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Criminal Record Bureau checks were carried out in each year from 2000 to 2006.
(157435)
532
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reason her Department has not yet complied with the request for mutual legal assistance from the United States in relation to its investigation into BAE Systems; and when she expects her Department to comply with this request.
(158357)
533
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) principal applicants and (b) dependants have been admitted to the United Kingdom under the Gateway Refugee Resettlement Programme in each year since the scheme commenced.
(157967)
534
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what quota the Government set for the maximum number of admissions under the Gateway Refugee Resettlement Programme in each year since the scheme commenced; and what quotas have been set for future years.
(157968)
535
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance she has issued to the Borders and Immigration Agency on how to handle applications for exceptional leave to remain in Britain from Iraqi nationals who have worked in Iraq for the UK Armed Forces or the British Government in one or more of the categories set out in the written statement by the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs of 9th October, Official Report, columns 27-8WS, on Iraq: assistance to locally employed staff.
(157969)
536
N
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make a statement on funding for North Yorkshire Police in 2008-09.
(157709)
537
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make a statement on the timetable for the UK's ratification of the Council of Europe Convention on Trafficking of Human Beings.
(158533)
538
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been successfully prosecuted for trafficking of women to work as prostitutes in each of the last five years.
(158534)
539
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has plans to increase the number of staff on duty at immigration counters at UK airports.
(158536)
540
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) acceptable behaviour contracts and (b) parenting orders have been issued in Cambridgeshire in each year since their introduction.
(158542)
541
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there were for delivering alcohol to children in (a) England and (b) each police force area in England in each year since the Licensing Act 2003 commenced.
(158077)
542
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there were for consumption of alcohol by children in (a) England and (b) each police force area in England in each year since the Licensing Act 2003 commenced.
(158078)
543
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there were for purchase of alcohol by or on behalf of children in (a) England and (b) each police force area in England in each year since the Licensing Act 2003 commenced.
(158079)
544
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there were in (a) England and (b) each police force area in England for (i) sale of alcohol to children and (ii) allowing the sale of alcohol to children in each year since the Licensing Act 2003 commenced.
(158080)
545
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there were for obtaining alcohol for a person who was drunk in (a) England and (b) each police force area in England in each year since the Licensing Act 2003 commenced.
(158081)
546
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there were for under-age buying of alcohol and attempting to buy alcohol under-age in (a) England and (b) each police force area in England in (i) 1996 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(158082)
547
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there were for being drunk and disorderly of defendants aged 10 to 17 years in (a) England and (b) each police force area in England in (i) 1996 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(158083)
548
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prosecutions there were for sending a child to obtain alcohol in (a) England and (b) each police force area in England in each year since the Licensing Act 2003 commenced.
(158104)
549
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) basic and (b) enhanced checks the Criminal Records Bureau undertook for each Government department and executive agency in the last year for which figures are available.
(158124)
550
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many offences were recorded for (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) burglary, (d) robbery and (e) theft from a vehicle in each London borough in each year since 1998; and what changes were made to the methodology for calculating the number of offences in each case in that period.
(158125)
551
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the percentage crime detection rate for (a) violence against the person, (b) sexual offences, (c) burglary, (d) robbery and (e) theft from a vehicle was in each London borough in each year since 1998; and what changes were made to the methodology for calculating the detection rate in each case in that period.
(158126)
552
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) basic and (b) enhanced checks the Criminal Records Bureau has undertaken for home inspectors and energy inspectors.
(158127)
553
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance the Office of the Surveillance Commissioners has provided to local authorities on surveillance in relation to (a) the public smoking ban and (b) rubbish collection and waste disposal; and how many inspections of local authorities have taken place in relation to each.
(158128)
554
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average (a) Band D and (b) per dwelling council tax police precept was in (i) England and (ii) England and Wales in each year since 1997-98.
(158129)
555
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which (a) local authorities and (b) local authority wards comprise each Police Force Basic Command Unit.
(158130)
556
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of recorded incidents of criminal damage in England and Wales in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(158131)
557
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) consent and (b) permission of (i) the police, (ii) central government and (iii) regional government offices is needed for a local authority to introduce a public drinking ban in an area in their locality.
(158132)
558
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance has been given to local authorities on introducing public drinking bans.
(158133)
559
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if the Office of the Surveillance Commissioners will amend its inspection priorities to undertake a first inspection of (a) the Valuation Office Agency and (b) the Valuation and Lands Agency.
(158134)
560
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many local authorities were inspected by the Office of the Surveillance Commissioners in each year since its creation.
(158135)
561
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the local authorities inspected by the Office of the Surveillance Commissioners in 2006-07 used surveillance for (a) enforcement of the public smoking ban, (b) tackling fly-tipping and (c) other issues relating to waste collection and disposal.
(158136)
562
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of women from the Indian sub-continent left destitute and on the street after failed marriages; and what steps she is taking to afford those women shelter and support.
(157943)
563
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what position Bedfordshire Police occupy in the 2006-07 Home Office ratings; what measures are being taken to improve its performance; and if she will make a statement.
(157544)
564
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will take steps to tackle underage sales and irresponsible promotion of alcohol.
(158418)
565
Dr Howard Stoate (Dartford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers are available to the police and local authorities to compel landowners to take appropriate steps to secure land in order to prevent it from being used for anti-social and criminal purposes.
(158611)
566
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will meet representatives of the East Midlands Strategic Board to discuss the consultation on the police grant funding formula.
(157422)
567
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the East Midlands Strategic Board's submission to the consultation on the police grant funding formula.
(157423)
568
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many assaults on (a) police officers and (b) police community support officers there were in each of the last 10 years, broken down by police force area.
(158428)
569
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects the Government to make a decision on whether to continue the restrictions placed on migrant workers entering the UK from Romania and Bulgaria.
(158555)
570
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Romanian and Bulgarian migrant workers are employed in Britain; and what the change in numbers has been since accession of those countries to the UK.
(158556)
571
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors are being considered as part of the Government's review of whether to retain current restrictions on Bulgarian and Romanian migrant workers entering the UK.
(158557)
572
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations the Government has received from Romania and Bulgaria as part of its review of the restrictions placed on migrant workers entering the UK.
(158558)
573
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which groups the Government has consulted as part of its decision making process on whether to retain restrictions on migrant workers from Romania and Bulgaria entering the UK.
(158559)
574
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what meetings she has had with her counterparts in (a) Romania and (b) Bulgaria as part of the Government's ongoing review of its restrictions on migrant workers entering the UK.
(158560)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
575
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Commission's policy on whistleblowing.
(158233)
576
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the original life expectancy was of the escalators installed to access Portcullis House; how long elapsed before they were replaced; how much the recent works to install new escalators at this location have cost; and for what reason the motion sensitivity feature is not being deployed.
(158234)
577
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will list the steps taken to improve accountability of the Commission following the report produced by Sir Kevin Tebbit; and if he will make a statement.
(158235)
578
Mr Frank Doran (Aberdeen North):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if he will make a statement on the refurbishment of the press gallery.
(158669)
579
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what guidance the Commission follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that targget was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158593)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
580
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 12 July, Official Report, column 1622W, on sustainable development, how many and what proportion of further education college capital projects in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08 received the additional cost allowance of 10 percent for sustainability aspects; and what proportion of the building costs this amounted to in each case.
(156430)
581
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many students entered university in each of the last five years.
(158758)
582
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what discussions he had with (a) universities, (b) student organisations and (c) employers before issuing his instruction to the Higher Education Funding Council for England not to fund universities for undergraduates who already have a first degree in another subject.
(158311)
583
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate he has made of the likely effect on the income of (a) Birkbeck College and (b) the Open University of his recent instruction to the Higher Education Funding Council for England not to fund universities for undergraduates who already have a first degree in another subject.
(158312)
584
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many initial teacher training places were available for physical education teachers in each of the last three years; and how many will be available in each of the next three years.
(158211)
585
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158592)
586
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the budget was for research and development for each type of renewable energy technology in each of the last 10 years.
(157983)
587
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps he is taking to improve the UK's international competitiveness in technologies for mechanical and thermal renewable energy from the sea.
(157984)
588
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what progress has been made on developing the International Science Fellowship scheme announced by the then Chancellor of the Exchequer on 15th June 2006, Official Report, column 883.
(158303)
589
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the total allocated budget is for the Medical Research Council for the years 2008-09 to 2010-11.
(157930)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
590
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent representations he has received from Amnesty International on abortion-related issues; and if he will make a statement.
(158365)
591
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) officials have had with the United States Administration on its Mexico City policy; and if he will make a statement.
(158366)
592
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions (a) Ministers in his Department and (b) officials have had with the United States Administration on its decision to suspend the US contribution to the United Nations Population Fund; and if he will make a statement.
(158367)
593
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the United Nations Population Fund in promoting non-coercive approaches to family planning in China since July; and if he will make a statement.
(158368)
594
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent discussions he has had with the government of China on the one child policy; and if he will make a statement.
(158369)
595
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, who the British representative is on the Executive Board of the United Nations Population Fund; and what relevant (a) specialist and (b) general qualifications and experience he or she has.
(158370)
596
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will list the Ministers from his Department who will be (a) attending and (b) speaking at the Marie Stopes International Conference being held at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre on 23rd to 24th October; whether his Department will be contributing (i) direct funding, (ii) informal support and (iii) personnel; whether there are restrictions on the use of these contributions; whether officials from his Department will (1) attend and (2) participate; if he will place in the Library material produced for the conference by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(158371)
597
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many people were employed by his Department on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158324)
598
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Forest of Dean dated 6th July to the right hon. Member for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath on international aid.
(158039)
599
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Darfur.
(158764)
600
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the role of sexual and reproductive health education in achieving the sixth Millennium Development Goal, of combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.
(157960)
601
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of sexual and reproductive health education in developing countries.
(157961)
602
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations have been made to his Department regarding the wages paid to the workers of UK high street fashion suppliers based in developing countries; and if he will make a statement.
(157962)
603
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions his Department has had with UK high street fashion stores on (a) the wages paid to the workers of their suppliers in developing countries and (b) ensuring good working conditions and rights for such workers; and if he will make a statement.
(157963)
604
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the level of humanitarian aid to Afghanistan was from (a) the UK and (b) the EU in the last year; and if he will make a statement.
(158755)
605
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in the Ogaden region of Ethiopia; and if he will make a statement.
(157706)
606
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with the Ethiopian government about the security situation in the Ogaden region; and if he will make a statement.
(157707)
607
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he expects to reply to the letter of 10th July from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire addressed to the Prime Minister and passed to his Department, on international development issues, on behalf of Mr Owen Morgan.
(157431)
608
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 10th July, addressed to the Prime Minister and passed to his Department, about international development issues, on behalf of Mrs D M Green.
(157950)
609
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158591)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
610
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what amendments have been made and what recent representations he has received about the operation of the Mental Capacity Act 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(158333)
611
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars and (c) other documents he (i) has issued and (ii) plans to issue in the next 12 months consequential to the provisions of the Mental Capacity Act 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(158334)
612
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward proposals for legislation to provide for an offence of causing the death of an unborn baby by dangerous driving; what recent representations he has received on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
(158376)
613
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were employed by his Department and its predecessor on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158325)
614
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what geographical subdivisions HM Prison Service uses for the purpose of administration; how many there are; how many prison establishments are located in each such area; and if he will make a statement.
(158453)
615
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what categories of information not held centrally within HM Prison Service are collected across (a) HM Prison Service regions and (b) HM Prison establishments; by what means such information is collected; and if he will make a statement.
(158454)
616
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 381W, on Feltham Young Offenders' Institution and Remand Centre, what research was undertaken in arriving at the conclusion that the rise in reported racist incidents was due to more robust reporting; who commissioned this research; who carried it out; if he will place a copy of the research in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(158539)
617
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 381W, on Feltham Young Offenders' Institution and Remand Centre, whether the investigation carried out by the Deputy Governor of HM Prison Wormwood Scrubs is the inquiry to which the Answer refers; whether this was classified as a simple inquiry; how long the inquiry took to complete; how many people were interviewed; how many pages were included in the final completed report; who commissioned the inquiry; whether it is his Department's policy that inquiries may be conducted by an employee of lower grade than the person under investigation; and if he will make a statement.
(158540)
618
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations he has received on crime prevention funding for youth offending teams over the next four years; and what discussions he has had on this issue with the Department for Children, Schools and Families.
(157938)
619
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent assessment his Department has made of the value of courses on enhanced thinking skills for convicted prisoners.
(157711)
620
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the reoffending rates are of those released from approved premises in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(158202)
621
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on translators in British courts in each of the last five years.
(157701)
622
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) assaults on, (b) sexual assaults on and (c) homicides of prisoners by other prisoners occurred in each year since 1997.
(158338)
623
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) assaults and (b) sexual assaults on prison officers by prisoners occurred in each year since 1997.
(158341)
624
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison places created since 1997 are in accommodation with an operational life expectancy of less than 10 years.
(158342)
625
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the evidential basis is upon which his Department projects the rate of expansion in the prison population to 2010-11.
(158344)
626
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison places created since 1997 have been created by putting more prisoners in existing cells.
(158346)
627
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many spaces in modular temporary units built between 2002 and 2006 the Ministry expects to reach the end of their useful operational life in each of the next five years.
(158347)
628
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many spaces in prisons in England and Wales are expected to be withdrawn in each of the next five years.
(158348)
629
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the usable operational life expectancy is of the rapid build residential units at HMP Featherstone.
(158349)
630
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison spaces are in modular temporary units; and how many of these have been in use for (a) more than five years, (b) between four and five years, (c) between three and four years and (d) less than three years.
(158350)
631
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Government will publish its reponse to the Corston review.
(158351)
632
N
Mr Peter Lilley (Hitchin & Harpenden):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases of fraudulent registration in the Land Registry of ownership of another person's property and associated mortgage fraud occurred in each of the last three years.
(158304)
633
N
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what sites his Department has identified for a new prison in Wales.
(158194)
634
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of fixed legal aid fees upon not-for-profit legal aid providers.
(158221)
635
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what research his Department has undertaken into the effects of the Government's legal aid reform plans upon different regions and areas of the country; if he will publish such research; and if he will make a statement.
(158222)
636
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has to re-introduce a graduated fee system for legal aid rates in replacement of the fixed rate fee system.
(158223)
637
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations he has received from individuals and organisations from Blackpool on the Government's legal aid reform plans.
(158224)
638
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effects of the Government's legal aid reform plans upon (a) clients with severe mental health problems, (b) black and minority ethnic clients, (c) disabled clients, (d) clients with housing problems and (e) clients involved in complex children and family cases who use legal aid.
(158225)
639
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what further plans he has to meet representatives of the legal profession and other organisations with an interest or involvement in the delivery of legal aid to discuss the future direction of the Government's legal aid reform plans.
(158269)
640
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment the Land Registry has made of the number of properties or items of land which are not recorded by the Land Registry.
(158139)
641
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average price was for a (a) residential property, (b) detached house, (c) semi-detached house, (d) terraced house and (e) maisonette/flat in each year in England since 1991 according to Land Registry data.
(158140)
642
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make a statement on the Government's plans to increase data-sharing across Government; and whether the Government plans to amend (a) the Data Protection Act 1998 and (b) other legislation to facilitate this.
(158190)
643
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what access (a) HM Revenue and Customs and (b) the Valuation Office Agency have to the Land Registry land database for valuation or taxation purposes.
(158193)
644
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether an estimate has been made of the number of mortgage repossessions which would be classified as subprime mortgages.
(158195)
645
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department and its predecessor have issued on time limits on the right to request an internal review of a response to a request made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
(158198)
646
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the expected timetable is for the full implementation of electronic conveyancing by the Land Registry.
(158199)
647
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans his Department has (a) to hold further remote electronic voting pilots, (b) to hold further electronic counting pilots and (c) to extend the use of electronic voting to mainstream elections.
(158200)
648
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many properties are recorded by the Land Registry but not accessible on Land Registry Online.
(158201)
649
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average price derived from Land Registry data was in each local authority area in England and Wales for (a) all homes, (b) flats/maisonettes, (c) detached homes and (d) semi-detached homes in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158270)
650
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) mortgage repossession claims and (b) mortgage repossession orders were made in (i) 1996-97 and (ii) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(158272)
651
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the Government plans to legislate to give convicted prisoners the right to vote following the judgement of the European Court of Human Rights in Hirst v UK.
(158397)
652
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158590)
653
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people in prison of each ethnic group are (a) 18, (b) 19, (c) 20, (d) 21, (e) 22, (f) 23, (g) 24, (h) 25, (i) 26, (j) 27, (k) 28, (l) 29, (m) 30, (n) 31, (o) 32, (p) 33, (q) 34 and (r) 35 years old.
(158643)
Questions to the Leader of the House
654
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Leader of the House, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled for answer on a named day received a substantive answer on the day due in the last year for which figures are available, broken down by answering department.
(158051)
655
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Leader of the House, what guidance her Office follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158589)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
656
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people were employed by his Department on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158321)
657
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158588)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
658
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, whether the Red Arrows will be appearing at the 2012 London Olympics; and if she will make a statement.
(158443)
659
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what plans there are to include the Red Arrows in the opening or closing ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics.
(158444)
660
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, when she next expects to make an announcement on Olympic funding; and if she will make a statement.
(158614)
661
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what plans exist to use (a) regular and (b) reserve elements of the armed forces in support of security at the 2012 Olympic Games.
[R] (158243)
662
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what plans exist to use non-UK (a) police forces and (b) military units in support of security of the 2012 Olympic Games.
[R] (158244)
663
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, when she expects the Olympic Delivery Authority's budget to be announced.
(157732)
664
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what the cost has been of developing the Olympic canoeing facilities at Broxbourne that have now been cancelled, broken down by main column heading.
(157733)
665
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, if she will provide a full breakdown of the £2.7 million Olympic Contingency Fund; and whether any of that contingency has been drawn down.
(157734)
666
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, if she will place in the Library a copy of the cashflow forecast for the Olympic Delivery Authority.
(157735)
667
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how the issue of financing costs is being addressed in the Olympics Delivery Authority budget.
(157736)
Questions to the Prime Minister
668
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, on what date he last met Tony Blair.
(157791)
669
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will list the grace and favour properties available to members of the Government; and who the current occupants of those properties are.
(157812)
670
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, which (a) hon. Members, (b) former hon. Members and (c) Peers who are not members of the Labour Party he has invited to Downing Street since becoming Prime Minister.
(157813)
671
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, if he will publish a list of all those he has invited to Downing Street since becoming Prime Minister.
(157814)
672
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Prime Minister, which NHS hospitals he has visited since 27th June.
(158459)
673
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Prime Minister, what factors he took into account in deciding when to inform the Secretary of State for Defence of his decision to announce troop withdrawal from Iraq.
(157215)
674
Anne Main (St Albans):To ask the Prime Minister, when he last visited a tax credit office in his official capacity.
(158569)
675
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Prime Minister, for what reasons the Cabinet Committee on London (MISC 26) has been abolished.
(158072)
676
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Prime Minister, which Ministers occupy each of the official ministerial residences; and which of them (a) pay and (b) do not pay council tax on their official residences.
(158074)
677
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Prime Minister, when he expects to reply to the letter of 2nd August 2007, on fighting poverty, from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire.
(157433)
678
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Prime Minister, what guidance his Office follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158587)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
679
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether he has any plans to bring forward legislation to devolve policy relating to abortion to the Scottish Parliament; what recent representations he has received on the issue; and if he will make a statement.
(158306)
680
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many people were employed by his Department on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158330)
681
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158586)
682
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what measures are in place to ensure that Scottish returning officers receive appropriate guidance on who can register for elections anonymously; and if he will make a statement.
(157815)
Questions to the Solicitor General
683
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent):To ask the Solicitor General, what information is collected on the number of prosecutions sought by the police that are rejected by the Crown Prosecution Service.
(157977)
684
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Solicitor General, what guidance the Law Officers' Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158585)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
685
Angela Browning (Tiverton & Honiton):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Speaker's Committee has received the Comptroller and Auditor General's statutory value for money report on the Electoral Commission 2005-06.
(158431)
686
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Electoral Commission plans to appeal against the ruling of the High Court of August 2007 on impermissible donations to the UK Independence Party; and if he will make a statement.
(158696)
687
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, if he will make a statement on steps being taken by the Electoral Commission to investigate the permissibility of the donation by Mr Michael Brown to the Liberal Democrats.
(158697)
688
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what response the Speaker's Committee has made to the Eleventh Report of the Committee on Standards in Public Life, on the Electoral Commission.
(158430)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
689
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were employed by her Department on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158327)
690
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she plans to introduce the commencement order for section 9 and Schedule 2 of the Road Safety Act 2006 which makes penalty point endorsement available to non-GB counterpart holders, including those in Northern Ireland.
(157973)
691
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funding the Government has provided to local authorities in (a) England and (b) Wirral South for the establishment or maintenance of cycle tracks in the last five years.
(158015)
692
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assistance the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency makes available for people taking a driving test whose first language is not English.
(158305)
693
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will make changes to the draft Local Transport Bill in order to include provision to improve the access of older people to public transport in line with the memorandum submitted to her by Help the Aged.
(158494)
694
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what Government research has been undertaken into the independent mobility needs of (a) people with mental health problems, (b) partially sighted people, (c) people with severe learning and/or behavioural difficulties and (d) people with severe autism to determine their eligibility for a Blue Badge.
(158032)
695
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether her Department has issued, on behalf of all four UK administrations, guidance specifying the criteria for further assessment of applicants for Blue Badge parking permits.
(158033)
696
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether children under two years old whose medical needs require the transport of bulky equipment at all times have been made eligible under the Blue Badge disabled parking scheme.
(158034)
697
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress her Department has made towards ensuring nationally consistent eligibility criteria for those subject to further assessment under the Blue Badge disabled parking scheme.
(158035)
698
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether assessments of independent mobility for the Blue Badge parking scheme are routinely undertaken by a health professional other than the applicant's GP.
(158041)
699
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether, where entitlement to a Blue Badge is linked to receipt of the higher rate mobility component of disability living allowance, the period of issue is linked to that of receipt of the allowance.
(158042)
700
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made towards establishing a national, centrally funded, database of Blue Badge holders.
(158043)
701
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether Blue Badge applicants automatically entitled by their receipt of the higher rate mobility component of the disability living allowance are required to give explicit consent to the sharing of personal data under the Data Protection Act 1998.
(158044)
702
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the location is of each (a) completed Home Zone and (b) Home Zone under construction.
(157958)
703
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what difference has been recorded in the number of casualties which have occurred outside schools after the creation of 20 mph zones outside these schools; what percentage change that figure represents; and what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of 20 mph zones outside schools.
(157959)
704
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what resources have been allocated under the Comprehensive Spending Review for the Cycle City scheme.
(157980)
705
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd July 2007, Official Report, column 906W, on the M1: Castle Donington, if, following the traffic management pilot project on the M42 south east of Birmingham, she plans to allow the use of hard shoulders on motorways at times of severe congestion.
(157546)
706
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance her Department has issued to local authorities on highway signage on local authority-controlled roads.
(158105)
707
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which local authorities have submitted bids for funding from the congestion element of the Transport Innovation Fund in each year since its creation; and which were (a) accepted and (b) rejected.
(158106)
708
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which local authorities have applied for funding from the Transport Innovation Fund; which have been (a) accepted and (b) rejected; and what form of congestion charging, road pricing or workplace parking taxes the successful ones are proposing.
(158107)
709
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what provisions control whether Hackney carriages outside London may collect customers after being hailed off the street, outside a taxi rank.
(158108)
710
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, in what circumstances the partners in the Crossrail project would not proceed with a construction contract.
(158491)
711
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will place a copy in the Library of the financial agreement on Crossrail.
(158492)
712
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations she has received on upgrading the A12 in Essex to motorway standard; and if she will make a statement.
(158421)
713
Bob Russell (Colchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will estimate the cost of upgrading the A12 in Essex to motorway standard.
(158422)
714
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the number of private hire vehicles that will apply for a special restricted PSV operator's licence if Clause 26 of the draft Local Transport Bill becomes law.
(157990)
715
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions she and officials from her Department had with representatives of the licensed taxi or licensed minicab sector before including Clause 26 in the draft Local Transport Bill; and if she will make a statement.
(157991)
716
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many responses to the consultation on the draft Local Transport Bill, referred to Clause 26 of the draft Bill; and how many of them (a) supported and (b) opposed the proposals in the clause.
(157992)
717
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans there are to build junction 11a of the M1 during the widening of this stretch of the M1; and if she will make a statement.
(157543)
718
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the latest estimate is of the additional cost of building junction 11a of the M1 after the M1 has been widened between junctions 10 and 13, over and above the previous estimate of £14.6 million given by the Highways Agency.
(157545)
719
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what guidance her Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158584)
720
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the Truck Stop Guide provided by the Highways Agency.
(157986)
721
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when her Department last assessed the (a) availability and (b) range of services provided at truck stops in England.
(157987)
722
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many motorcyclists there were in the UK in each year from 1997.
(158670)
723
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents there have been involving (a) motorcyclists, (b) bicycles and (c) only motorcyclists and bicyclists in each year since 1997.
(158672)
724
Dr Tony Wright (Cannock Chase):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of all collisions involving large goods vehicles involved foreign-registered vehicles in the latest period for which figures are available.
(158360)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
725
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many people were employed by his Department on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158326)
726
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158582)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
727
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, when the Government plans to publish its response to the consultation on the Discrimination Law Review green paper.
(157818)
728
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, when the Government plans to publish its Single Equality Bill.
(157819)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
729
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the Government's policy is on Remploy factory closures; and if he will make a statement.
(157939)
730
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were employed by his Department on 1st January in each of the last five years; and how many of these staff were (a) permanent employees, (b) temporary staff and (c) contractors.
(158328)
731
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 8th October 2007 to the right hon. Member for Birkenhead, Official Report, column 3, on worklessness, how many of the 800,000 people referred to were from EU member states; and if he will break down the number of such workers by nationality.
(157708)
732
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will give a breakdown by nationality of the number of national insurance numbers issued to non-EU foreign citizens (a) since 1997 and (b) since 1st January 2004.
(157940)
733
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the provisions of Article 5 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union regarding employment and the provision that the Union shall take measures to ensure co-ordination of the employment policies of the Member States, in particular by defining guidelines for these policies; whether there will be shared competence with the European Union as a result of these provisions; and if he will make a statement on the legal consequences of this provision and the other provisions of the Treaty for employment in the UK.
(158011)
734
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) UK nationals and (b) foreign nationals were employed in the UK in (i) 1997 and (ii) the most recent period for which figures are available; what those figures are as a percentage of those in employment in the UK; and what the percentage change in each of these figures was in the relevant period.
(158012)
735
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 8th October 2007, Official Report, column 3, on worklessness, if he will place in the Library the information and sources that account for his statement that 800,000 new jobs have been taken by those who have come from outside Britain.
(157946)
736
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women pensioners in each five-year age cohort would receive an additional weekly pension increase of (a) less than £5, (b) £5 to £9.99, (c) £10 to £14.99, (d) £15 to £19.99 and (e) £20 or more in 2010 if the reduction in qualifying years for a full pension were extended to them.
(158604)
737
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library the report of the meeting of the United Kingdom Advisory Network on Disability Equality held on 5th October.
(158037)
738
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of participants in the New Deal for Young People in the Forest of Dean district were repeat participants in the last year for which figures are available.
(158046)
739
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many foreign nationals in the Forest of Dean district were issued with national insurance numbers in (a) the last year for which figures are available and (b) each of the preceding four years.
(158047)
740
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in Chorley constituency are in receipt of pension credit.
(158760)
741
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proposals he intends to bring forward for women who do not have enough National Insurance contributions for a full state pension.
(158252)
742
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the yearly value in absolute terms was of the standard basic state pension for (a) a pensioner couple and (b) a single pensioner, excluding winter fuel and over-75 payments, in each year since 1997-98.
(158142)
743
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what targets his Department sets for local authorities, including under the Public Service Agreement, Local Area Agreement and Best Value Performance Indicator regimes, on the (a) number of benefit awards and (b) number of unclaimed benefits.
(158143)
744
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will place in the Library a copy of the most recent research from the Health and Safety Executive, the Health and Safety Commission and the Health and Safety Laboratory on manual handling in kerbside collection and sorting of recyclables.
(158180)
745
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the take-up rate of council tax benefit amongst pensioners was in (a) 1996-97 and (b) the most recent year for which figures are available.
(158181)
746
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what changes have been made since May 1997 to the mortgage value threshold at which income support will stop paying mortgage interest, for mortgages taken out after October 1995.
(158182)
747
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance the Health and Safety Executive has given to local authorities on Remembrance Day events and parades.
(158183)
748
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what guidance his Department follows on the maximum time taken to respond to hon. Members' correspondence; and what performance against that target was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(158581)
749
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many absent parents in (a) Scotland and (b) Angus constituency are being dealt with by the Child Support Agency under the old rules.
(158434)
750
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many absent parents in (a) Scotland and (b) Angus constituency have been transferred from the old to the new system of assessment by the Child Support Agency in each year since its introduction; and how many of these transfers were triggered by a new case involving the individual.
(158435)
751
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate his Department has made of the number of cases being dealt with by the Child Support Agency in (a) Scotland and (b) Angus constituency under the old system will be current when the new organisation's rules are introduced.
(158436)
752
Mr Mike Weir (Angus):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the timescale for the transfer of Child Support Agency cases being dealt with under the old rules to Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission (CMEC) rules in (a) Scotland and (b) Angus constituency after the establishment of CMEC.
(158437)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
753
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what provisions of the Warwick Agreement, which have not been implemented, he plans to implement.
[Transferred] (158679)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
754
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many properties are held on the Register of Surplus Public Sector Land database; and what property attributes are recorded for each property.
[Transferred] (158407)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
755
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which beneficiaries of the Aggregates Levy Sustainable Fund received more than £50,000 in any one year in each year since the inception of the levy.
[Transferred] (158548)
756
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which beneficiaries of the Aggregates Levy Sustainable Fund were based in Stroud constituency in each year since the inception of the levy.
[Transferred] (158549)
757
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will assess the adequacy of the landfill allowance under the landfill tax scheme for local authorities with rising populations.
[Transferred] (158278)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
758
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has received from (a) the government of Belarus, (b) UK charities and (c) others on the entry into the UK of Chernobyl-affected children; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (158552)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
759
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Iraqi staff (a) working and (b) who formerly worked for the Government have applied for (i) exceptional leave to enter the UK and (ii) resettlement in the UK through the UK's Gateway Refugee Settlement Programme.
[Transferred] (158277)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
760
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will extend the provision of supported housing for victims of human trafficking.
[Transferred] (158262)
761
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many men have been successfully prosecuted for paying for sex with women aged under 18 years in each of the last six years.
[Transferred] (158535)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
762
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, pursuant to the Answer of 25th June 2007, Official Report, column 50W, on Olympic Games: Greater London and the subsequent announcement of Adidas as official sponsor and sportswear supplier of the 2012 Olympic Games, what obligations are contained within the terms of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)'s contracts with suppliers and licensees, in particular Adidas, to ensure that they monitor, enforce and report on compliance with the standards of the Ethical Trading Initiative (ETI) Base Code; what steps will be taken to ensure compliance with the living wage provision of the ETI base code; and how LOCOG plans to work with the Play Fair Alliance and ETI in the future.
[Transferred] (158737)
763
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what effect she expects the 2012 Olympic Games to have on the North West Region.
[Transferred] (158663)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
764
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many assaults on local government public sector workers there were in each year since 1992, broken down by local authority.
[Transferred] (158218)
765
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects the Commission for Equality and Human Rights to reach its full staffing complement.
[Transferred] (157816)
766
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received on staffing levels at the Commission for Equality and Human Rights; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (157817)

 
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