House of Commons portcullis
House of Commons
Session 2006 - 07
Publications on the internet
The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 25 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 Thursday 25 October 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 25 October 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 25 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 Thursday 25 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 25 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which buildings occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(161171)
2
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which (a) Ministers and (b) officials, broken down by grade, from his Department visited (i) Bermuda and (ii) Barbados in each year between 1998 and 2006; and what the reason was for each visit.
(161079)
3
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the value was of (a) imports and (b) exports of (i) goods and (ii) services between Barbados and the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years for which information is available.
(161081)
4
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps he has (a) taken and (b) plans to take to increase trade between the United Kingdom and Barbados; how much his Department has spent on trade promotion between the United Kingdom and Barbados; and if he will make a statement.
(161082)
5
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many officials in his Department work on promoting trade between the United Kingdom and Bermuda, broken down by grade; and how many did so in (a) 1983, (b) 1987, (c) 1992, (d) 1997 and (e) each year between 1998 and 2005.
(161083)
6
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many officials in his Department work on promoting trade between the United Kingdom and Barbados, broken down by grade; and how many did so in (a) 1983, (b) 1987, (c) 1992, (d) 1997 and (e) each year between 1998 and 2005.
(161084)
7
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many households in (a) Southend, (b) each borough in Essex, (c) each borough in Kent, (d) the Metropolitan Police area of London and (e) England and Wales are in fuel poverty; what steps he has (i) taken and (ii) plans to take to reduce these numbers; and if he will make a statement.
(161085)
8
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by his Department on the effect of the Warm Homes and Energy Conservation Act 2000 in reducing fuel poverty; and if he will make a statement.
(161086)
9
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the value was of (a) imports and (b) exports of (i) goods and (ii) services between Bermuda and the United Kingdom in each of the last 10 years for which information is available.
(161087)
10
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps he has (a) taken and (b) plans to take to increase trade between the United Kingdom and Bermuda; how much his Department has spent on trade promotion between the United Kingdom and Bermuda; and if he will make a statement.
(161088)
11
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether he expects the UK to meet the target of 20 per cent. of its energy use being met from renewable sources by 2020; and if he will estimate the proportion of the UK's energy use in that year which will be met by each type of renewable energy technology.
(161354)
12
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department is taking to encourage the use of real time electricity display devices.
(161300)
13
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to his Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161334)
14
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether it is the Government's policy to require full compliance with World Bank and International Finance Corporation Standards if the Export Credits Guarantee Department is to support the Sakhalin II project.
(161247)
15
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what information his Department holds on the relationship between the take-up of parental leave and the income band of those eligible for such leave.
(160834)
16
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether his Department has undertaken the analysis set out in paragraph 13 of the response of the Department for Trade and Industry to the Office of Fair Trading's review of undertakings by Macfarlan Smith Limited (SML), published in September 2006.
(160742)
17
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many addresses of miners with compensation claims have been released to the Law Society for communications about solicitors double charging; and how many are due to be released in 2007.
(161225)
18
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will establish a mechanism to provide incentives for BAA to spend money to improve conditions for passengers at Heathrow Airport.
(161234)
19
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by his Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161291)
20
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what information his Department holds on which utility companies (a) inform customers that they will instruct and (b) instruct bailiffs in respect of unpaid accounts without a court order; and if he will make a statement.
(161022)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
21
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many IT contracts were put out to competitive tender by his Department in (a) 2006-07, (b) 2005-06, (c) 2004-05, (d) 2003-04, (e) 2002-03 and (f) 2001-02; how many companies tendered in each case; and which company won each tender.
(161047)
22
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Joint Ministerial Committee on Child Poverty will next meet; and if he will make a statement.
(161048)
23
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when HM Revenue and Customs expect to complete the Transformation Programme in regard to the tax credits system.
(161103)
24
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the revised guidance on overpayments of tax credits issued to staff of HM Revenue and Customs on 17th August 2007.
(161104)
25
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which buildings occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(161168)
26
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of answering question 143343 on IT contracts, tabled by the hon. Member for Yeovil on 13th June.
(161275)
27
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths there were in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) England and Wales as a result of being (i) overweight and (ii) underweight in each of the last five years for which information is available.
(161089)
28
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths there were in (a) Southend, (b) Essex and (c) England and Wales as a result of diabetes in each of the last five years for which information is available.
(161090)
29
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the projected real terms percentage annual change in public expenditure per capita is (a) in total and (b) for each Government Department taking account of anticipated population growth over the current Comprehensive Spending Review period.
(160835)
30
N
Mr Graham Brady (Altrincham & Sale West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the projected real terms percentage annual change in public expenditure is (a) in total and (b) for each Government Department above the level needed to keep pace with anticipated population growth over the current Comprehensive Spending Review period.
(160836)
31
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much compensation was paid to (a) companies and (b) individuals following failed prosecutions against them by HM Revenue and Customs, in each year since it was established.
(160648)
32
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much compensation was paid to (a) companies and (b) individuals following failed prosecutions against them by the Inland Revenue in each of the last 10 years.
(160743)
33
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much compensation was paid to (a) companies and (b) individuals following failed prosecutions against them by HM Customs and Excise in each of the last 10 years.
(160744)
34
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many taxpayers have experienced a reduction in income following the removal of the 10p income tax band.
(161109)
35
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to his Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161337)
36
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the average percentage change in the productivity of (a) the financial services sector and (b) the economy as a whole in each year since 1998.
(160159)
37
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals in Peterborough constituency were overpaid tax credits in each financial year since the inception of the scheme.
(161383)
38
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will take steps to ensure that the overpayments of tax credit to Mr T. Venables, of Bexhill Avenue, Warrington, are remedied as a matter of urgency.
(160831)
39
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of taxpayers who will pay (a) higher and (b) lower capital gains tax (CGT) after the CGT reforms announced in the October 2007 Pre-Budget Report.
(161034)
40
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps are being taken to enhance the detection of nuclear material entering the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(161402)
41
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what budget allocation has been made for research into the detection of nuclear material entering the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
(161403)
42
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths there were where methadone was the major contributory factor in each of the last 10 years.
(161220)
43
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons his Department estimates that it will take three months to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Hyndburn in relation to the tax credits of his constituent Miss Lisa M. Barnes.
(161186)
44
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons his Department estimates that it will take three months to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Hyndburn in relation to the tax credits of his constituent Mrs Ayesha Ejaz.
(161187)
45
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reason his Department estimates that it will take five months to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for Hyndburn in relation to the tax crdits of his constituent Mrs Patricia E. Batt.
(161188)
46
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by his Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161293)
47
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many full-time equivalent civil servants were employed in Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council area in each of the last five years.
(161273)
48
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the replies from HM Revenue and Customs of 15th October and 16th October to the letters from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire on his constituents, what his policy is on the maximum time required by HM Revenue and Customs to reply to correspondence from hon. Members.
(161248)
49
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value of trade between EU member states was in real terms in (a) the year before the introduction of the euro and (b) each year since.
(161023)
50
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) yachts and (b) other boats containing cannabis were seized in the South West in each year since 2001.
(160640)
51
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many customs officers there were covering Devon and Cornwall in each of the last five years; and how many kilos of (a) heroin, (b) cocaine, (c) ecstasy and (d) cannabis were seized in Devon and Cornwall in that period.
(160642)
52
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many customs officers (a) there were and (b) were withdrawn in the South West in each of the last five years.
(160746)
53
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his latest estimate is of the number of (a) overpayments and (b) underpayments of tax credits in the past 12 months.
(161111)
54
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many recorded instances of failure of the IT system that deals with working tax credits there have been in the last 12 months.
(161112)
55
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate has been made of the number of deaths caused by (a) alcohol misuse and (b) drug misuse in England and Wales in each of the last five years.
(161118)
56
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people were (a) long-term unemployed and (b) long-term youth unemployed in Islwyn in the each of the last 10 years.
(161120)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
57
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which buildings occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(161176)
58
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidance his Department issues to schools about reducing obesity among persons aged under 16 years; what recent representations he has received on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
(161094)
59
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidance his Department issues to schools on the care of children with diabetes; and if he will make a statement.
(161095)
60
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government has taken to encourage children to take part in extra-curricular activities at school since 1997.
(160759)
61
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government has taken to make the journey to and from school safer for children and their families since 1997.
(160760)
62
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government has taken to encourage children and their families to walk to and from school, where possible, since 1997.
(160761)
63
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his estimate is of the proportion of children with a statement of educational needs as a result of social, emotional and behavioural difficulties.
(161107)
64
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was paid by the Department for Education and Skills to CfBT in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(161113)
65
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was paid by the Department for Education and Skills to Capita Group plc and its subsidiaries in (a) 2004-05 and (b) 2005-06.
(161208)
66
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many colleges and other educational establishments were (a) investigated and (b) subsequently removed from the Government Register of Educational Providers because of immigration-related matters in the latest period for which figures are available.
(161033)
67
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of questions tabled to his Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named since establishment of his Department.
(161362)
68
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will seek to legislate to ensure that if an academy acts in contravention of its funding agreement to the detriment of a pupil or parent, any person disadvantaged would have a direct remedy in law.
(160827)
69
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will take steps to increase local authority representation on the governing bodies of academies, with particular reference to cases where the authority is a sponsor.
(160828)
70
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will amend the methodology for the Basic Needs Allocation to take into account in its funding formula increases in the number of school places required in a locality due to the establishment of new communities.
(161320)
71
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will take steps to ensure that local authorities experiencing an increase in the number of school places required in one locality offset by a fall in the number of places required in another locality receive adequate funding under the Basic Needs Allocation to allow for the additional places required in the locality experiencing an increase.
(161322)
72
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment (a) his Department and (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has made of the time taken in preparing for Key Stage Two tests in year 6 in the months leading up to these tests; what proportion of total curriculum time is spent on average in preparing for these tests; and if he will make a statement.
(161035)
73
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of English private schools have dropped the use of tests at key stages one, two, three and four; and if he will make a statement.
(161036)
74
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of children in private schools in England achieved an A or A* grade in (a) GCSEs, (b) AS levels and (c) A levels in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(161037)
75
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of whether the Key Stage Two test results give a reliable indication of pupil ability in the test subjects; and if he will make a statement.
(161038)
76
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans his Department has to evaluate, on an ongoing basis, the (a) intended and (b) unintended effects of the use of national targets in Key Stage tests; and if he will make a statement.
(161039)
77
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimates have been made by (a) Ofsted, (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority and (c) his Department of the time taken in year 9 for Key Stage Three test preparation; and if he will make a statement.
(161040)
78
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of marks for each GCSE and A level were allocated to each subject in the latest year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(161041)
79
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the accuracy of coursework marks for (a) GCSE and (b) A levels; and if he will make a statement.
(161042)
80
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his latest estimate is of the total costs of the national examination and national testing systems in England for all maintained schools in each year since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
(161065)
81
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his latest estimate is of the costs of administering national tests at (a) Key Stage 1, (b) Key Stage 2, (c) Key Stage 3, (d) Key Stage 4 and (e) AS level in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(161066)
82
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has carried out of the merits of national tests at each Key Stage; and if he will make a statement.
(161067)
83
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average number of GCSEs taken by each pupil in English schools was in each year since 1987; and if he will make a statement.
(161068)
84
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the latest criteria are which determine whether a school can apply to be an academy; whether he plans to alter these criteria; and if he will make a statement.
(161069)
85
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the likely number of academies in England in each year until 2020; and if he will make a statement.
(161070)
86
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the percentage of English pupils who were educated in academies in each year since 2005; and what projection he has made of the percentage in each each year until 2020.
(161071)
87
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his latest estimate is of spending on schools as a share of gross domestic product in each year since 1997; what estimate he has made of the likely proportion in each year until 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.
(161072)
88
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his latest estimate is of the proportion of school time spent preparing for Key Stage 2 tests by children in year 6; and if he will make a statement.
(161073)
89
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of children in year 11 in English schools were taught (a) history, (b) geography, (c) a modern language and (d) physics in each year since 1990; and if he will make a statement.
(161074)
90
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of children were taught a modern foreign language in (a) year 2, (b) year 6, (c) year 9 and (d) year 11 in maintained schools in England in the last year for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(161075)
91
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, for what reasons science is designated a compulsory subject for Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 tests; and if he will make a statement.
(161102)
92
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what mark was required to obtain an (a) C grade and (b) A grade in each (i) GCSE and (ii) A level course in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(161209)
93
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will list each course diploma and examination available in year 11 which was considered as having a value of (a) one, (b) two, (c) three and (d) four GCSEs in each year since 2003; what courses, diplomas and examinations will be available in each year until 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(161210)
94
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what evidence (a) his Department and (b) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority has of re-drafting of (i) GCSE and (ii) A level coursework after feedback from teachers; and if he will make a statement.
(161213)
95
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which GCSEs and diplomas were entirely assessed through coursework in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(161226)
96
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the purpose is of the AS level examinations at age 17; and if he will make a statement.
(161232)
97
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by his Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161289)
98
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many young people gained (a) three, (b) four and (c) five grade A passes at A2 level in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007.
(161051)
99
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January 2006 to the hon. Member for Altrincham and Sale West, Official Report, column 80W, on independent schools, how many and what percentage of children of (a) primary and (b) secondary school age in (i) Reading and (ii) Wokingham attended independent schools in each year since 1999-2000.
(161353)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
100
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to his Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161344)
101
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions on the role of voluntary sector organisations in the delivery of benefit entitlements.
(160644)
102
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by his Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161299)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
103
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which buildings occupied by her Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if she will make a statement.
(161161)
104
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which buildings occupied by her Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if she will make a statement.
(161182)
105
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's assessment is of the effect of ending the application of the existing Merton rule in the Yorkshire and Humber Regional Spatial Strategy on those individual local planning authorities wishing to use the rule.
(161323)
106
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations her Department has received on the effect of the Merton rule on new house building.
(161324)
107
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons she did not accept the independent panel's recommendations that Yorkshire and the Humber should have a minimum region-wide 10 per cent. on-site renewables planning requirement for all major new developments.
(161325)
108
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Merton rule will be incorporated into the Climate Change Planning Policy Statement.
(161326)
109
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will include provisions for borough-wide planning requirements for onsite renewable energy in the Climate Change Planning Policy Statement.
(161355)
110
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will include representatives of the sustainable and energy efficiency industry trade associations on her Department's Climate Change Planning Policy Statement sounding board.
(161356)
111
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will include trade associations representing the UK onsite renewable energy industry in her Department's zero carbon homes taskforce.
(161357)
112
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she took account of the financial value of the Merton rule to the UK's microgeneration industry in drawing up guidance on climate change in the Climate Change Planning Policy Statement.
(161358)
113
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will take steps to ensure a public consultation takes place on her Department's proposals on the Merton rule in the Climate Change Planning Policy Statement.
(161359)
114
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what events and conferences (a) she and (b) other Ministers from her Department have addressed relating to (i) the construction and housebuilding industry and (ii) the renewable energy industry since July 2006.
(161360)
115
N
Mr Alan Beith (Berwick-upon-Tweed):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many representations she has received in favour of elections to the new Northumberland Unitary Authority being held in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.
(160813)
116
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what financial assistance her Department made available to the town of Boscastle following floods there.
(161189)
117
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects the Thames Gateway Bridge public inquiry to re-open.
(161027)
118
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what measures her Department uses to assess whether the Muslim Council of Britain is tackling extremism and promoting shared values.
(160814)
119
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to her Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161343)
120
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consideration has been given to potential (a) enhancement of multi-agency response resilience and (b) financial efficiencies, from combining the training offered by location of the Fire Service College and the Emergency Planning College on one site.
(160647)
121
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what role hon. Members play in relation to local strategic partnerships.
(161229)
122
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many individuals who are not UK citizens were housed by (a) Cross Keys Homes and (b) other registered social landlords in Peterborough under the auspices of the Accession (Immigration and Worker Registration) Regulations 2004 in each month since May 2004; and if she will make a statement.
(160972)
123
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many individuals from EU Accession 8 countries have been classified as not habitually resident in the UK but homeless in Peterborough constituency in the period since May 2004; how many have subsequently been housed through the Peterborough City Council choice based lettings system; and if she will make a statement.
(160977)
124
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many citizens of EU Accession 8 countries have been refused admittance to the housing waiting list of Peterborough City Council under section 160A(7) of the Housing Act 1996 since May 2004; and if she will make a statement.
(160978)
125
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many individuals who are not UK citizens are on the priority banding system of the Peterborough City Council housing waiting list at (a) band 1, (b) band 2, (c) band 3, (d) band 4 and (e) band 5; and if she will make a statement.
(160979)
126
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make an estimate of the number of people on the Peterborough City Council housing waiting list who have (a) Lithuanian and (b) Polish nationality.
(161105)
127
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make an estimate of the proportion of the Peterborough City Council Choice Based Lettings housing waiting list which is made up by individuals who do not hold British nationality.
(161106)
128
N
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the precept was on Band D council tax bills set by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority in each year since 1997-98.
(160847)
129
N
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to amend the Levying Bodies (General) Regulations 1992 in relation to the precept set by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.
(160849)
130
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the precept was on Band D council tax bills set by the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority in each year since 1997-98.
(160881)
131
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether district, town and parish council elections will be held in South Bedfordshire District in May 2008 following the proposals for a unitary council for this area in 2009; and if she will make a statement.
(160879)
132
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which district, parish and town councils will bear the cost of elections in South Bedfordshire District in May 2008.
(160880)
133
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many employees in (a) her Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by her Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161298)
134
Anne Snelgrove (South Swindon):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will take steps to encourage local authorities to establish strong links between their local area agreement and local compacts.
(161372)
135
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average level of housing benefit was for (a) local authority tenants, (b) registered social landlord tenants and (c) private sector tenants in Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council in each of the last five years.
(161272)
136
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress she has made on alternative economic strategies for East Manchester; and if she will make a statement.
(161108)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
137
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which buildings occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(161177)
138
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he attended the International Rugby Board rugby World Cup Final in an official capacity; and if he will make a statement.
(161274)
139
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government (a) has taken and (b) intends to take to assist senior citizens in the West Midlands to prepare for the switchover from analogue to digital TV.
(159874)
140
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what policies his Department implemented as a result of the recommendations made in (a) the 2001 Home Office review of the effect of computer games on young children and (b) the 2005 Stirling review of research on the impact of violent computer games on young people.
(161374)
141
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what public service agreement targets have been set for (a) his Department, (b) its agencies and (c) non-departmental public bodies for which his Department has responsibility since May 1997; and whether each target has been met.
(161375)
142
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to his Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161342)
143
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what grants are available from his Department for local community radio stations to apply for.
(161217)
144
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what percentage of children attending (a) schools in a School Sport Partnership, (b) schools not in a School Sport Partnership and (c) all schools participate in at least two hours of school sport each week.
(160141)
145
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made towards improving the productivity of (a) the tourism industry, (b) the creative industries and (c) the leisure industries.
(160142)
146
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate his Department has made of the average percentage change in the productivity of (a) the creative industries and (b) the tourism industry in each year since 1998.
(160160)
147
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what progress has been made on the English Heritage Stonehenge Visitors Centre project; and if he will make a statement.
(161077)
148
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many officials from his Department have attended meetings of the cross-departmental working group on tackling anti-semitism.
(161224)
149
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each executive agency funded by his Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161283)
150
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what measures are in place to prevent licensed premises being directly owned by (a) persons who have criminal convictions that would prevent them from holding an alcohol licence and (b) companies who have such a person as a director or company secretary.
(160877)
151
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what disclosures are required by the owners of a licensed premises who are offering premises for sale on (a) incidents of a criminal nature recorded, (b) requirements placed on the premises or on current or previous licensees of the premises by (i) the licensing body and (ii) the courts, (c) reviews of the licence for the premises and (d) removal of licensees and transferral of licences for the premises.
(160878)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
152
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which buildings occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(161165)
153
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many full-time Royal Irish Home Service Corporals and Section Commanders were on short service Type S Engagement contracts on (a) 1st July 2000, (b) 1st July 2002 and (c) 1st July 2006.
(160483)
154
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are to change the level of the UK's military contribution to Afghanistan.
(160741)
155
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to his Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161345)
156
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations he has received from Royal British Legion members on the military covenant.
(160645)
157
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases have been heard in each of the courtrooms at Bulford Courts Martial Centre since it was opened; and for what percentage of working time each courtroom has been unoccupied.
(161078)
158
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will answer Question 157096, tabled by the hon. Member of Mid Worcestershire on 8th October, on the office issuing medals to the Army.
(160653)
159
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, why the Army Recruiting and Training Division at Pewsey has not requested a submission or relevant medical notes from the GP of the constituent of the hon. Member for Thurrock who appealed in July against the decision to reject his application to join the Army; and if he will make a statement.
(161365)
160
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when the appeal submitted in July to the Army Recruiting and Training Division at Pewsey by the constituent of the hon. Member for Thurrock against the decision to reject his application to join the Army will be held; what the cause is of the delay in (a) advising the appellant and (b) convening the appeal; and if he will make a statement.
(161366)
161
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when Jodie Spreadbury of the Army Recruiting and Training Division at Pewsey expects to make a substantive reply to the letter of 12th September sent by the mother of the constituent of the hon. Member for Thurrock who has appealed against the decision to reject his application to join the Army; and if he will make a statement.
(161367)
162
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will reply to Question 156924, on service personnel serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, tabled by the hon. Member for Woking on 10th October.
(160837)
163
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases of (a) gastroenteritis, (b) meningitis, (c) pneumonia and (d) food poisoning there have been amongst UK armed services personnel in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan since March 2003.
[R] (161312)
164
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been (a) allocated and (b) spent on adapting dwellings for UK armed services personnel disabled by injury sustained in Iraq and Afghanistan in each year since March 2003.
[R] (161313)
165
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many units of whole blood were used by British military hospitals in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each year since March 2003.
[R] (161314)
166
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was realised from the sale of defence estate property in each of the last 10 years for which records are available.
[R] (161315)
167
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the 10 most common injuries sustained in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan were in each year for which records are available; and how many casualties there were in each class of such injury.
[R] (161316)
168
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many suicides there were amongst British armed services personnel in each of the last 10 years for which records are available, broken down by service; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (161317)
169
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by his Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161297)
170
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions he has had with his European counterparts on proposals to establish a European standing army; if he will make it his policy to ensure that no British service personnel could be deployed as part of that army without the approval of the UK Parliament; and if he will make a statement.
(161020)
Questions to the Deputy Prime Minister
171
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Deputy Prime Minister, when he referred the letter from Access to Community Education, Brixham of 12th July to the Department for Work and Pensions for reply.
(160641)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
172
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which buildings occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(161174)
173
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will provide publicity at English ports and on ferries on the dangers of Gyrodactylus salaris before summer 2008.
(161404)
174
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will enhance his Department's work on raising awareness of the dangers to fisheries posed by Gyrodactylus salaris.
(161405)
175
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether assessments of dredging applications take into account possible risks to neighbouring sites, such as estuaries.
(160811)
176
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effects on the Dee Estuary of dredging neighbouring sites.
(160812)
177
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he plans to take to encourage low income families to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions.
(159811)
178
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if the Government will take steps to support local campaigns to save electricity as part of its strategy on tackling climate change; and if he will make a statement.
(159812)
179
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to enforce the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991.
(159873)
180
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to encourage private and public organisations to recycle packaging waste.
(161227)
181
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to upgrade drainage and sewer systems to protect against flooding, with particular reference to the North West.
(161100)
182
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps are being taken to improve building design and urban design to manage surface water better.
(161101)
183
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what financial assistance his Department made available to the town of Boscastle after the floods there.
(161180)
184
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the average income for farmers (a) per capita and (b) per hectare was in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(160748)
185
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the proportion of farm households that are below the Government's low income threshold.
(160749)
186
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the size of the agricultural workforce was in each year since 1996.
(160750)
187
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of each type of food served in his Department's catering establishments was of (a) British and (b) Welsh origin in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(160751)
188
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to his Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161346)
189
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's best practice policy is on the number of bids from contractors which should be obtained before a Warm Front grant may be given.
(160846)
190
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice his Department has provided to the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) concerning the impact of the businesses supported by ECGD on (a) biodiversity and (b) climate change.
(161238)
191
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the imposition of the localised bluetongue zone on the pedigree sheep and cattle market; and if he will extend the zone to the whole of the UK.
(161321)
192
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the role of land drainage in crop production.
(161277)
193
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on Government policy on the protection of marshes, wetlands and mud and salt flats in and around the Thames estuary and other major rivers.
(160569)
194
N
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research his Department is funding into personal carbon allowances.
(158501)
195
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for a vaccination strategy for bluetongue disease when a vaccine becomes available.
(160650)
196
N
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 number of doses of bluetongue vaccine which will be necessary to eradicate the disease from the UK.
(160651)
197
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much bluetongue vaccine his Department has reserved from the developer of the vaccine.
(160652)
198
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has for blood-testing of ruminants outside the bluetongue protection zone to establish the spread of the disease.
(160654)
199
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice he has received on the likelihood of uninfected midges becoming infected in 2008 from biting ruminants which have recovered from bluetongue disease.
(160655)
200
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many employees in his Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161282)
201
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research his Department has assessed on separation distances between GM and conventional crops for (a) maize, (b) beet and (c) oilseed rape; and whether he plans to review existing separation distances in each case.
(161278)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
202
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which buildings occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(161169)
203
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what trade exists between the UK and Burma; what the value is of such trade; and if he will make a statement.
(160973)
204
N
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what information has been available to him to enable him to assess popular support for a referendum on the proposed European Treaty.
(160974)
205
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent action the Government has taken to inform the public about the European Union and the UK's membership of it.
(159065)
206
N
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether people entering the UK from the Ukraine for the purposes of the performing arts are required to pay the revised charge for a work visa.
(160639)
207
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department has received representations from governments abroad on the publication of material in the UK critical of wahhabism.
(160829)
208
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the government of Iran to ensure that Mansour Osanloo, the gaoled leader of the bus workers' union in Tehran, receives proper medical care for his eye condition; and if he will make a statement.
(161194)
209
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to his Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161347)
210
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to end the illegal drugs trade in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(161302)
211
Mr Andrew Robathan (Blaby):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the total cost has been of the EU Border Assistance Mission in Rafah to (a) the UK and (b) the EU; and what it has done since the border was closed in June.
(161046)
212
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by his Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161287)
213
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent diplomatic steps he has taken on the imprisonment of Aung San Suu Kyi.
(161303)
214
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to encourage the (a) protection and (b) release of protestors imprisoned following recent events in Burma.
(161381)
215
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent steps he has taken to encourage the Burmese Government to improve its observance of human rights.
(161382)
216
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the most significant five differences are between the Constitutional Treaty under consideration in 2005 and the Reform Treaty agreed at Lisbon.
(160833)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
217
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which buildings occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(161173)
218
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) males and (b) females who are underweight; and if he will make a statement.
(161091)
219
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of children who were classified as (a) overweight and (b) obese in (i) Southend, (ii) each borough in Essex, (iii) each borough in Kent, (iv) the Metropolitan Police area of London and (v) England in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by age group.
(161092)
220
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of children who were diagnosed with diabetes in (a) Southend, (b) each borough in Essex, (c) each borough in Kent, (d) the Metropolitan Police area of London and (e) England in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by age group.
(161093)
221
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many persons with diabetes were hospitalised as a result of (a) eating and (b) drinking products labelled sugar free that included sucrose and other high levels of sugar in the last 12 months; what recent discussions he has had with food manufacturers on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
(161096)
222
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 the causes of type 1 diabetes; and if he will make a statement.
(161097)
223
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) males and (b) females were diagnosed with diabetes in (i) Southend, (ii) each borough in Essex, (iii) each borough in Kent, (iv) the Metropolitan Police area of London and (v) England in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by age group.
(161098)
224
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his most recent estimate is of the (a) obesity and (b) smoking rate among (i) males and (ii) females in (A) Southend, (B) each borough in Essex, (C) each borough in Kent, (D) the Metropolitan Police area of London and (E) England and Wales, broken down by age group.
(161099)
225
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the availability of nail cutting services in Wirral Primary Care Trust; and if he will make a statement.
(160809)
226
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients received chiropody treatment in Wirral in (a) 2006, (b) 2001 and (c) 1998.
(160810)
227
N
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 19th October 2007, Official Report, column 1400W, on Streptococcus: pregnant women, if he will take steps to bring the assessment of the most recent evidence on testing pregnant women for group B streptococcus forward in the ongoing programme of work of the UK National Screening Committee; and what method the Committee uses to disseminate the results of its work.
(160975)
228
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reason two options were provided under Part IX of the Drug Tariff for the reclassification of continence products according to the proposed reimbursement price reduction model.
(161368)
229
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the likely impact on services to patients if drug companies adopt option 1 in Part IX of the Drug Tariff of a 35 per cent. price reduction in continence products.
(161369)
230
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the names, qualifications and responsibilities are of those on the Expert Group set up to reclassify continence and stoma prescription products.
(161370)
231
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role Deloitte MCS has played in the continence and stoma review; whether payment by results was included in the contract between his Department and Deloitte; and if he will make a statement.
(161371)
232
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulance services have replaced their fleet of ambulances in order to deal with obese people.
(160649)
233
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish the legal advice underlying his Department's policy not to allow a parental opt-out for dental screening epidemiological surveys; and whether his Department obtained legal advice on its policy to allow a parental opt-out for the medical testing of obesity.
(161185)
234
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to his Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161348)
235
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients in each hospital trust had their discharge from hospital delayed in each week (a) in the last 12 months and (b) in the preceding 12 months.
(160844)
236
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many bed nights in each hospital trust were spent by patients who were ready for discharge but remained in hospital in (a) the last 12 months and (b) the preceding 12 months; and what the estimated total cost to the NHS was of these delayed discharges.
(160845)
237
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many operations were carried out by Barlborough Independent Sector Treatment Centre in each of the last three years; and what the cost of the operations was in each year.
(161221)
238
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding his Department plans to provide to Young Potential in Bassetlaw in (a) 2008 and (b) 2009.
(161222)
239
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many accident and emergency in-patient admissions there were in 2006 for drugs overdoses in England.
(161223)
240
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by his Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161286)
241
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) adults and (b) children have been (i) diagnosed with and (ii) treated for diabetes in the last five years.
(161059)
242
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of providing drugs for Alzheimer's disease in the last five years.
(161060)
243
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people had strokes in (a) England and (b) the East Midlands in each of the last five years.
(161061)
244
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting times were for (a) heart and (b) cancer operations in Bolsover constituency in each year since 2000-01.
(161062)
245
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS dental practices are operating in Derbyshire.
(161063)
246
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists on NHS contracts were registered in Derbyshire in each year since 2004.
(161064)
247
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department measures obesity; and if he will make a statement.
(161244)
248
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will institute a reassessment of policy in the NHS on severance packages.
(161245)
249
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of children under the age of 16 years in (a) England, (b) the east of England and (c) Suffolk have taken up free NHS sight tests.
(161191)
250
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with diabetes in (a) East of England and (b) Suffolk in each of the last five years.
(161192)
251
N
Dr Richard Taylor (Wyre Forest):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what checks his Department and NHS trusts carry out on literature displayed in general practice waiting rooms and hospital out-patient departments to make sure that such literature contains only sound, evidence based information.
(160745)
252
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what records are kept relating to blood donations made by prisoners in secure accommodation for the manufacture of UK blood products since 1979; and if he will make a statement.
(160754)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
253
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which buildings occupied by her Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if she will make a statement.
(161167)
254
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures are being introduced to cope with the situation of people arriving at airports in the UK without the passports with which they checked in at their departure airport.
(161235)
255
Mr Julian Brazier (Canterbury):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what stage the Document Scanning Equipment with Forgery Detection Capability Tender for (a) Heathrow, (b) other airports and (c) Eurotunnel has reached.
(161236)
256
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 17th April 2007, Official Report, column 604W, on stop and search, what the (a) gender, (b) ethnicity and (c) age was of each person stopped under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 in each year since the relevant provisions came into force.
(161181)
257
Colin Burgon (Elmet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what studies her Department has conducted into the (a) potential effects of the impending transition of Schengen area EU states including Poland, Slovakia and Hungary on border control systems of nations such as Ukraine and (b) knock-on impact on UK immigration policy.
(161199)
258
Colin Burgon (Elmet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the likely effects of the impending transition of Schengen area EU states including Poland, Slovakia and Hungary on the unskilled and semi-skilled sectors of the UK labour markets.
(161200)
259
Colin Burgon (Elmet):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of levels of migration to the UK by individuals from French overseas departments and former French colonies since 2002.
(161201)
260
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to adopt the Interpol global database system that allows border checks to be made on fraudulent documents as another method to tackle human trafficking.
(161028)
261
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to support the EU anti-trafficking hotline that is being established.
(161030)
262
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what incompatibilities there are between the requirements of the Council of Europe Convention on Action on Trafficking in Human Beings and domestic immigration legislation.
(161233)
263
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent submissions she has received on UK embarkation controls; and if she will make a statement.
(161385)
264
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department's 2001 review of the effect of computer games on young children cost.
(161373)
265
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) charged, (b) convicted, (c) imprisoned and (d) deported because of immigration and nationality crimes involving bogus educational colleges in the latest period for which figures are available.
(161031)
266
Damian Green (Ashford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many student visas were revoked in each of the last five years because students failed (a) to register at the beginning of the academic year and (b) to attend classes.
(161032)
267
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to her Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161349)
268
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many men were (a) arrested and (b) prosecuted for paying for sex in each of the last five years.
(161301)
269
N
Mr Humfrey Malins (Woking):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will reply to Question 157063, on deportation recommendations, tabled by the hon. Member for Woking on 10th October.
(160838)
270
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drug mules were intercepted at UK airports from (a) Jamaica, (b) Ghana and (c) Nigeria in each of the last 10 years.
(161218)
271
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many drugs liaison officers were in post in each country in each of the last 10 years.
(161219)
272
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many employees in (a) her Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by her Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161285)
273
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers in Derbyshire (a) retired and (b) took ill-health retirement in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(161055)
274
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were convicted of drugs offences in the East Midlands in each of the last six years.
(161056)
275
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children were reported missing to the police in the six months from January to June 2007, broken down by police authority area.
(160874)
276
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget has been allocated to the National Police Improvements Agency in 2007-08; and what this figure would be as an annualised amount.
(160875)
277
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what budget is allocated to the National Policing Improvement Agency for 2007-08 in relation to missing persons; and what this equates to as an annualised amount.
(160876)
278
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many trafficked women and children have been discovered since the launch of Operation Pentameter 2; and if she will make a statement.
(160656)
279
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what system she has put in place to ensure that accommodation supplied by private contractors for asylum seekers is of adequate quality; and if she will make a statement.
(160832)
280
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what schemes are in place to encourage forces personnel to join the police service.
(161110)
281
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officer days have been lost by each police force in England and Wales as a result of officers appearing as witnesses in court.
(161115)
282
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many women in Wales reported incidents of domestic violence in each of the last five years; and what measures are in place to support women who report domestic violence.
(161116)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
283
Mr Frank Doran (Aberdeen North):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what the Commission has decided on the implementation of the Tebbit review of management and services of the House.
(161237)
284
Sir George Young (North West Hampshire):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what progress has been made by the Commission in nominating a candidate for the post of Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards.
(161179)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
285
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which buildings occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(161175)
286
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps he is taking together with (a) Jobcentre Plus and (b) the Department of Work and Pensions to improve coordination of education and training programmes in the post-16 sector.
(161019)
287
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what percentage of questions tabled to his Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named since establishment of his Department.
(161361)
288
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by his Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161290)
289
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what percentage of people in full-time work in the UK have participated in an educational or skills programme in the last five years.
(161117)
290
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many new learners enrolled in learndirect centres in each of the last three years; and how many centres are enrolling new learners.
(161230)
291
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many qualifications were obtained by learndirect learners in each of the last three years, broken down by level of qualification; and how many of them were (a) IT qualifications and (b) in other areas of content.
(161231)
292
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 18th June 2007, Official Report, columns 1462-3W, on adult education: basic skills, how many of the learners included in the table were funded through (a) further education and (b) University for Industry.
(161241)
293
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 18th June 2007, Official Report, columns 1462-3W, on adult education: basic skills, what criteria were used to determine whether a learner was someone who could contribute towards the Skills for Life target in the figures provided.
(161242)
294
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 18th June 2007, Official Report, columns 1462-3W, on adult education: basic skills, how many adults aged 25 and over and funded through further education or University for Life were enrolled on programmes which had a weighting for Skills for Life in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05 and (c) 2005-06; how many learners enrolled through employment and training providers or Train to Gain are on programmes which receive such a weighting; and whether these learners are additional to the number of learners given in the Answer.
(161243)
295
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the (a) budgetary allocations and (b) outturn was for University for Industry (including learndirect) in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii) 2006-07.
(161246)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
296
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which buildings occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(161172)
297
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to his Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161350)
298
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to help tackle the problem of violence against street children in Guatemala.
(160646)
299
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what advice his Department has provided to the Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD) on the impact of the businesses supported by ECGD on achieving the Millennium Development Goals.
(161239)
300
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by his Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161296)
301
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much support the UK made available to help developing countries with forestry programmes and reafforestation projects in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and what proporation of the (i) total international development budget and (ii) UK bilateral aid each figure represented in each year.
(160229)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
302
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which buildings occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(161166)
303
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were (a) prosecuted and (b) convicted under (i) section 172, (ii) section 172a and (iii) section 173 of the Licensing Act 1964 in each year since 1997; and how many landlords have had their licences revoked due to breach of these provisions.
(161376)
304
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to his Department for answer on a named day to his Department and its predecessor received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161351)
305
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the reoffending rate was for prisoners who had served custodial sentences in the latest period for which figures are available; and what plans are in place to reduce it.
(160643)
306
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent representations he has received on the ability of people to defend their property with reasonable force against burglary; and if he will make a statement.
(161178)
307
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many contact orders were made in each year since 1997; in how many of these cases contact was taking place (a) one, (b) two and (c) three or more years after the contact order was made; and if he will make a statement.
(161319)
308
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons in England and Wales participate in child-friendly visit schemes.
(160747)
309
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by his Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161284)
310
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many high risk offenders committed further serious crimes in (a) East of England and (b) Suffolk while under the supervision of the probation and police service in each of the last three years.
(161183)
311
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average time was between a person charged with an offence being brought to court in (a) England, (b) Wales and (c) Gwent in the last 12 months.
(161114)
312
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many ethnic minority caseworkers are employed by the Solicitors Regulation Authority; and if he will make a statement.
(161377)
313
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what criteria are used to determine which cases the Solicitors Regulation Authority investigates further.
(161378)
314
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what training Solicitors Regulation Authority caseworkers receive; what the length is of that training; and whether Solicitors Regulation Authority caseworkers receive training on interacting with local communities.
(161379)
315
Keith Vaz (Leicester East):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the complaint procedure is for a solicitor's firm against the Solicitors Regulation Authority.
(161380)
316
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff were (a) disciplined and (b) dismissed for using restraint as a punishment against a juvenile in custody in the latest period for which figures are available.
(161049)
317
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children were detained in custody after their earliest release date due to a lack of other accommodation in the latest period for which figures are available.
(161050)
318
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much his Department was invoiced for costs incurred relating to transferring prisoners between sites of secure accommodation in (a) each year since 2001 and (b) each month in 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(160755)
Questions to the Leader of the House
319
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Leader of the House, how many and what percentage of questions tabled to her for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months.
(161363)
320
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Leader of the House, when she will reply to the letter sent to her in her capacity as Lord Privy Seal dated 20th September from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Dr Yasmin Zalzala.
(161193)
321
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Leader of the House, on what basis the week commencing 11th February 2008 was chosen as the constituency recess week.
(161024)
322
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Leader of the House, what estimate she has made of the number of schools which have half-term breaks during the constituency recess week commencing 11th February 2008.
(161025)
323
Mr Greg Pope (Hyndburn):To ask the Leader of the House, what discussions she had with ministerial colleagues in the Department for Children, Schools and Families before choosing the week commencing 11th February 2008 as the constituency recess week.
(161026)
324
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Leader of the House, how many employees in her Office applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161292)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
325
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, which buildings occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(161163)
326
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, on what basis the Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland claims lawful possession of a witness statement made to the Police Service of Northern Ireland by one of her employees; and if he will make a statement.
(160482)
327
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161341)
328
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each executive agency funded by his Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161280)
329
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the average length of time taken to complete a protection of children and vulnerable adults check by the Police Service of Northern Ireland was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(161043)
330
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many protection of children and vulnerable adults check requests the Police Service of Northern Ireland received in each of the last three years.
(161044)
331
Sammy Wilson (East Antrim):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many protection of children and vulnerable adults checks are outstanding in Northern Ireland.
(161045)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
332
N
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what (a) discussions she has had on and (b) assessment she has made of the merits of transferring responsibility for any of the (i) land or property and (ii) liabilities resulting from the Olympics legacy to the Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.
(160848)
Questions to the Prime Minister
333
N
Norman Baker (Lewes):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 16th October 2007, Official Report, column 958W, on the Committee on Standards in Public Life, why he did not provide reasons why Sir Alistair Graham was not invited to serve a second term.
(160976)
334
N
Mr William Cash (Stone):To ask the Prime Minister, what the evidential basis was for his Statement of 22nd October 2007, Official Report, columns 19-38, on the EU Inter-Governmental Conference-Lisbon, relating to the views of the hon. Member for Stone.
(160815)
335
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Prime Minister, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to his Office for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161340)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
336
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to his Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161335)
Questions to the Solicitor General
337
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Solicitor General, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to her Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161339)
338
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York):To ask the Solicitor General, what the Crown Prosecution Service's policy is on bringing prosecutions against young people for breach of anti-social behaviour contracts; and if she will make a statement.
(161207)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
339
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which buildings occupied by her Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if she will make a statement.
(161170)
340
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to her Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161338)
341
Robert Key (Salisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she plans to announce her decision on the A303(T) improvement scheme.
(161076)
342
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many properties in England are on unadopted roads.
(161211)
343
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many miles of unadopted road in England there are.
(161212)
344
N
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she plans to bring forward secondary legislation to control ship to ship oil transfer in UK territorial waters; and if she will make a statement.
(160752)
345
N
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when her Department plans to hold the consultation on the secondary legislation that will regulate ship to ship transfers within UK territorial waters.
(160753)
346
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many employees in (a) her Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by her Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161288)
347
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps her Department has taken in response to symptoms of tunnel vision, loss of balance and loss of feeling in hands and lower arms reported by the pilots of a BAe 146 on 19th February 2007; and what assessment she has made of the health and safety implications of those symptoms.
(161276)
348
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment has she made of the health implications for aircraft passengers and crew of air quality in commercial aircraft; and if she will make a statement.
(161279)
349
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cycle routes have been established in the East Midlands since 1997.
(161054)
350
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which stakeholders have been included in the discussion on a new Lower Thames Crossing; and if she will make a statement.
(160230)
351
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the impact of a new Lower Thames Crossing on (a) access to and (b) congestion in Castle Point.
(160231)
352
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on commissioning a Lower Thames Crossing; and whether any locations have been ruled out.
(160232)
353
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress her Department has made in ensuring that the alterations to the Deep Lane junction on the A38 in Devon will be carried out simultaneously with the development of a new town at Sherford.
(160830)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
354
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, which buildings occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(161164)
355
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to his Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161352)
356
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many employees in his Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161281)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
357
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the reasons are for the time taken to produce the Child Support Agency's Annual Report for 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(160369)
358
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when the Child Support Agency Annual Report 2007 will be published.
(160370)
359
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the progress of Child Support Agency IT upgrade initiatives.
(160371)
360
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what contracted-out IT projects for the Child Support Agency have been concluded since 1997; how many times the specification for each such project was changed; and what changes in specification were made.
(160372)
361
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which buildings occupied by his Department (a) are and (b) are not fully accessible to disabled people; and if he will make a statement.
(161162)
362
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the cost of raising the child support maintenance disregard for parents on benefits to (a) £20 per week from October 2008 and (b) £40 per week from April 2010.
(161202)
363
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the savings to be made from child maintenance reform and elsewhere in his Department in order to pay for the higher child support maintenance disregard for parents on benefits, as mentioned in the Pre Budget Report and Comprehensive Spending Review.
(161203)
364
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the number of posts in his Department will be affected by the decrease in its budget by 5 per cent. per year on average in real terms.
(161204)
365
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how the specified budget for the proposed child support advice and information services will be affected by his Department's decrease in its budget by five per cent. per year on average in real terms.
(161205)
366
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families on child support reform.
(161206)
367
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will make a statement on the UK's (a) compliance with and (b) reporting to the European Committee of Social Rights on the European Social Charter.
(161018)
368
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many national insurance numbers were issued to non-UK citizens resident in Ribble Valley in each of the last five years.
(161384)
369
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of Questions tabled to his Department for answer on a named day received a substantive reply on the day named in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(161336)
370
N
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what special training is received by doctors contracted by his Department to carry out personal capability assessments in severe and enduring mental health problems.
(160762)
371
N
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many personal capability assessments were carried out by Atos Healthcare for his Department in the last year for which figures are available; and how many of these were reviewing (a) mental health, (b) physical health and (c) both mental and physical health.
(160763)
372
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what opportunities existing employees of the Child Support Agency will have to work for its successor body; and if he will make a statement.
(161052)
373
Mr Michael Jack (Fylde):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to provide a regular public transport service for those staff members whose work is to be relocated to Peel Hill from the Government Offices site at Moreland Road St Anne's; and if he will make a statement.
(161053)
374
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employees in (a) his Department and (b) each (i) executive agency and (ii) non-departmental public body funded by his Department applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
(161295)
375
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in each constituency in the East Midlands received the retirement pension age addition for those aged 80 years or over in the latest period for which figures are available.
(161057)
376
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women in each constituency in the East Midlands receive the care component higher rate of disability living allowance.
(161058)
377
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of rules on state pension entitlement on people who stay at home to care for (a) children and (b) elderly relatives; and if he will make a statement.
(161021)
378
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) East of England and (b) Suffolk had been claiming incapacity benefit for more than five years in each year since 1997.
(161184)
379
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many participants in the New Deal in Islwyn have been placed on training courses for (a) up to one year and (b) over one year in the last 12 months.
(161119)
380
N
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) serious injuries and (b) deaths resulted from unsafe gravestones in each year since 2000.
(160305)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
381
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how frequently Warm Front's pricing structure for boiler and central heating installation is reviewed.
[Transferred] (161195)
382
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many combination boilers have been installed by the Warm Front programme in the last three years.
[Transferred] (161196)
383
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost to his Department of Warm Front was in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (161197)
384
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many boilers were replaced by the Warm Front programme in each of the last three years; and what the average cost was of a replacement boiler.
[Transferred] (161198)
385
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many new radiators were installed using Warm Front grants in each of the last three years; and for how many properties.
[Transferred] (161214)
386
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Warm Front grants have been made (a) in total, (b) of the maximum £2,700 and (c) of under £2,700.
[Transferred] (161215)
387
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many quotes for boiler replacement by Warm Front exceeded £2,700 in each of the last three years.
[Transferred] (161216)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
388
Mr David Amess (Southend West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent estimate he has made of the total cost to industry of illness, inactivity and premature death associated with overweight and obesity; what discussions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department have had with ministerial colleagues on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (161080)
389
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which local authorities provide intermediate care free of charge to older people for the first six weeks of their confinement.
[Transferred] (161190)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
390
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans the Government has to extend the provision of supported housing for victims of human trafficking.
[Transferred] (161029)
391
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many employees in the Privy Council Office applied to continue to work beyond state retirement age in the latest year or part thereof for which figures are available; and how many of those applications were successful.
[Transferred] (161294)

 
contents
 
House of Commons home page Houses of Parliament home page House of Lords home page search page enquiries

© Parliamentary copyright 2007
Revised 25 October 2007