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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 29 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Monday 29 October 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 29 October 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 29 October of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Monday 29 October of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 29 October see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what discussions he has had with British Energy on the number of nuclear power stations it has shut for maintenance and repair; and if he will make a statement.
(161688)
2
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will make a statement on the progress of Dr Tim Stone's review into arrangements for the costs associated with potential nuclear new build decommissioning and waste management.
(161837)
3
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent discussions he has had with (a) the Post Office and (b) Postwatch on the programme of post office branch closures; and if he will make a statement.
(161545)
4
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many (a) urban and (b) rural post offices (i) opened and (ii) closed in each year since 1990.
(161765)
5
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the number of the 2,500 post offices proposed for closure which will be closed following the consultation process.
(161309)
6
N
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what agreements sub-postmasters whose post offices have been nominated for closure were asked to sign with Post Office Limited before the commencement of the consultation process on the proposed closures.
(161310)
7
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, for what reasons no assessment has been made of the likely effect of the proposed post office closures on greenhouse gas emissions.
(161658)
8
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will instruct Post Office Ltd to make an assessment of the likely effect of proposed post office closures on greenhouse gas emissions.
(161661)
9
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that local authorities achieve high levels of uptake of the Small Business Rate Relief scheme amongst small businesses.
(161647)
10
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the average value of unmade claims for the Small Business Rate Relief scheme was in (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, (b) Teesside and (c) in the North East in the last period for which figures are available.
(161648)
11
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many individual voluntary arrangements were (a) taken out and (b) breached in (i) the UK and (ii) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last five years.
(161653)
12
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the take-up of the Small Business Rate Relief scheme was in (a) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, (b) Teesside and (c) in the North East in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(161671)
13
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much milk was (a) exported to and (b) imported from the Netherlands in each of the last 10 years.
(161134)
14
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether his Department plans to maintain the carbon-price based EU Emissions Trading Scheme alongside the EU target to supply 20 per cent. of energy from renewables by 2020.
(161555)
15
Lembit Öpik (Montgomeryshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many staff in his Department are working on post office closures consultations; and whether these staff are based in areas where consultation is taking place.
(161674)
16
N
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 8th October 2007, Official Report, column 451W, on utilities: meters, how many households pay for electricity and gas by (a) direct debit, (b) prepayment meters, (c) online methods, (d) quarterly payments, (e) fuel direct and (f) any other method, broken down by income decile.
(161616)
17
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many claims for (a) miners' hearing loss, (b) vibration white finger and (c) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease were paid in Bolsover constituency in each of the last seven years.
(161440)
18
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps he plans to take to raise awareness amongst employers and employees of the extension of statutory leave entitlement.
(161394)
19
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 10th September on climate change and UK energy.
(161261)
20
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many former miners' health compensation claims are unresolved in (a) Hemsworth constituency and (b) West Yorkshire.
(161675)
21
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what modelling his Department has conducted on how the UK can meet its share of the EU target of 20 per cent. of energy from renewables by 2020; and if he will publish the results.
(161152)
22
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what work his Department has conducted on the (a) cost and (b) policy implications of meeting the likely UK portion of the legally binding EU target of 20 per cent. of energy from renewables by 2020 to which the UK is committed; and if he will publish this work.
(161153)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
23
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the personal import allowances are for tobacco and alcohol being brought from new member states of the EU into the UK.
(161657)
24
N
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he plans to respond to the final approved report on the collapse of Equitable Life issued by the investigating Committee of the European Parliament on 9th May and approved by the European Parliament on 19th June; and if he will make a statement.
(161304)
25
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the annual cost was of the VAT exemption on software for blind and partially sighted people in the latest period for which figures are available.
(159360)
26
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on levying VAT on eBay transactions; what mechanisms are in place to enforce his policy; and if he will make a statement.
(160092)
27
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many statutory instruments were laid before Parliament by his Department between 2nd May 1997 and 27th June 2007.
(161850)
28
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which (a) airports and (b) seaports are included in the International Passenger Survey conducted by the Office for National Statistics; what recent representations he has received on the conduct of the survey; and if he will make a statement.
(161395)
29
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the rate of youth unemployment was in (a) each London constituency and (b) each Government region in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(161767)
30
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the amount raised from inheritance tax in (a) each London constituency and (b) each Government region in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(161768)
31
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent estimate he has made of the number of (a) people who died and (b) estates which were subject to inheritance tax in (i) each London constituency and (ii) each Government region in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(161769)
32
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 8th October 2007, Official Report, column 228W, on manufacturing industries: manpower, how many people of each (a) five year age cohort and (b) gender were employed in the manufacturing industries as a proportion of the working age population in each local authority area in each year for which figures are available.
(161391)
33
N
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the ratio of abortion to conception was for (a) women under 20 and (b) all women in the two years for which figures are available.
(161578)
34
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate his Department has made of the number of unemployed people who could experience a reduction in income should they return to work; and if he will make a statement.
(161554)
35
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assumptions he made in estimating the revenue raised from Modernisation of residence and domicile taxation in table B4, page 164 of the pre-Budget Report about (a) the number of non-domiciles who would pay the new £30,000 charge, (b) the gain from non-domiciles who choose to bring their tax affairs on-shore and (c) other factors for (i) 2009-10 and (ii) 2010-11.
(161691)
36
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received on the future operational effectiveness and financial security of the Northern Rock Foundation.
(161564)
37
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths there were with an (a) primary and (b) secondary diagnosis of (i) malnutrition and (ii) nutritional anaemias in each year since 1997.
(161719)
38
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to reply to the letters of (a) 23rd July 2007, (b) 12th September 2007 and (c) 9th October 2007 from the hon. Member for Weston-Super-Mare on the Youth Parliament and the Youth Opportunity Fund.
(161770)
39
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many cases of breast cancer were (a) diagnosed and (b) cured in the East Midlands in each of the last 10 years.
(161439)
40
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the life expectancy is of (a) men and (b) women in (i) the East Midlands and (ii) the South East; and what it was in (A) 1996 and (B) 2000.
(161449)
41
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many redundancies the closure of the London Office of National Statistics is expected to create; what race equality impact assessment his Department has made of the closure; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that staff with the necessary skills to maintain the quality of UK official statistics may be recruited outside London.
(161676)
42
N
Steve Webb (Northavon):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Inland Revenue instituted the practice of issuing deficiency notices; to which individuals such notices were issued; whether individuals who did not pay national insurance contributions for a prolonged period were eventually excluded from receipt of deficiency notices; how many individuals were so excluded before 1996-97; whether women paying the married woman's reduced rate were excluded from deficiency notices; and if he will make a statement.
(161387)
43
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what central assumptions his Department makes in its projections for (a) mean and (b) median (i) fertility, (ii) average age at marriage and (iii) marriage rates for each gender.
(161835)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
44
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he is taking to increase the numbers of qualified teachers in mathematics and science subjects.
(161144)
45
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he is taking to address the decline in take-up of mathematics and science subjects at A level.
(161145)
46
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of year 7 pupils in each English local authority area in each of the next 10 years.
(160093)
47
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) 11 year olds, (b) 13 year olds and (c) 16 year olds in Lancashire who were functionally illiterate in each of the last 10 years.
(161147)
48
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of 16 to 19 year olds in each (a) London constituency, (b) London borough and (c) Government region have received the (i) £10, (ii) £20 and (iii) £30 education maintenance allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(161539)
49
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of 16 to 19 year olds in each (a) London constituency, (b) London borough and (c) Government region have applied for an education maintenance allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(161540)
50
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people in each (a) London constituency, (b) London borough and (c) Government region have received the (i) £10, (ii) £20 and (iii) £30 education maintenance allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(161541)
51
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people in each (a) London constituency, (b) London borough and (c) Government region have applied for an education maintenance allowance; and if he will make a statement.
(161542)
52
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the cost of the education maintenance allowance has been in each (a) London constituency, (b) London borough and (c) Government region since its introduction; and if he will make a statement.
(161543)
53
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of applications for an education maintenance allowance have been successful in each (a) London constituency, (b) London borough and (c) Government Office region; and if he will make a statement.
(161546)
54
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what central funding was available to schools in each London borough in each of the last five years.
(161778)
55
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he is taking to encourage the gap-year industry to adopt BS 8848; and if he will make a statement.
(161577)
56
Mr David Laws (Yeovil):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, on what date his Department plans to announce its decision on the consultation on redistributing school cash balances in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.
(161760)
57
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) teachers and (b) teaching assistants were employed in the East Midlands in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) each of the last five years.
(161450)
58
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time teacher vacancies there were in local authority maintained (i) primary, (ii) middle and (iii) upper schools in Suffolk in each of the last five years.
(161799)
59
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people in Suffolk were entered for a modern language at GCSE in each of the last five years.
(161841)
60
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the proposed implementation of the rule that all providers should offer 15 hours free provision in 2010 on private and voluntary nurseries; and whether he expects any to close as a result.
(161829)
61
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many registered childminders there were in (a) Havant, (b) Hampshire and (c) England in each year since 1997; and what estimate he has made of the level of earnings of registered childminders.
(161830)
62
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what central assumptions his Department makes in its projections for planning for demand for education services about current (a) mean and (b) median (i) fertility, (ii) average age at marriage and (iii) marriage rates of each gender.
(161834)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
63
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) voluntary (i) special advisers, (ii) consultants and (iii) secondees worked for his Department in each month since its inception; and if he will make a statement.
(161766)
64
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what progress the Cabinet Office's Strategy Unit is making in its project on food and food policy; which (a) individuals and (b) organisations are contributing to the project; what work has been undertaken on the project; what areas of food policy the project (i) has covered and (ii) will cover; which (A) Government departments and (B) other bodies are being asked to contribute to the review; what the content of these contributions is in each case; when he plans to publish a report on the project; and if he will make a statement.
(161718)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
65
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities make compensation payments to people making requests to them under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 when they fail to meet the deadlines for providing information set out in the Act.
(161522)
66
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19th October 2007, Official Report, columns 1331-2W, on housing: low incomes, how many of the new (a) local authority social lettings and (b) registered social landlords lettings were to foreign nationals from (i) EU states and (ii) non-EU states.
(161475)
67
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which organisations were included in her Department's consultation prior to the preparation of the second compliance report under the European Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities; and how these organisations were selected.
(161690)
68
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes in each London constituency were classified as second homes in each year since 2003; and if she will make a statement.
(161535)
69
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes were built by registered social landlords in each London constituency in each year since 2003; and if she will make a statement.
(161536)
70
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes were built in each London constituency in each year since 2003; and if she will make a statement.
(161537)
71
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many units of social housing were available in each London consitutency in each year since 2003; and if she will make a statement.
(161544)
72
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects to reply to the letters of 20th July and 21st September from the hon. Member for the Forest of Dean on the Planning White Paper and its impact on wildlife.
(161264)
73
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 16th October 2007, Official Report, columns 1030-31W, on fire service: manpower, what assessment she has made of the effect of the change in the number of control room operators, managers and other support staff to be employed at each fire control centre.
(161392)
74
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 Regulations c, d and e of the 2006 EEA Regulations in each month since May 2004; and if she will make a statement.
(161305)
75
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities provide grants to support rural post offices and rural community development projects.
(161851)
76
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the annual change was in the level of council tax in each district council in the East Midlands in each year since 1996-97; and if she will make a statement.
(161438)
77
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will make a statement on the formula by which area-based grant will be allocated to Oxfordshire from April 2008.
(161407)
78
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many persons aged (a) under 16, (b) 16, (c) 17, (d) 18 and (e) over 18 were (i) registered homeless with and (ii) on the housing waiting lists of each London borough in the latest period for which figures are available.
(161524)
79
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department or its predecessors provided grants to British Waterways since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(161567)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
80
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the BBC licence fee settlement.
(161010)
81
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much he allocated to (a) Visit Britain and (b) Visit Scotland for (i) 2007-08, (ii) 2008-09, (iii) 2009-10 and (iv) following the Comprehensive Spending Review for the whole SR07 period.
(161122)
82
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to review the number of category B3 machines permitted in adult amusement centres.
(161396)
83
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans he has to review the allocation and ownership of pitch positions for on course bookmakers.
(161397)
84
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many tourist information centres there are; and how many there were in 1997.
(161398)
85
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the 2007 foot and mouth disease outbreak on tourism in the South East; whether he has allocated additional funds to promote tourism in this area since August 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(161399)
86
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what activity was funded by the public purse in Australia to encourage visitors to the UK in summer 2007; and how much was spent.
(161400)
87
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent on National Lottery tickets in London in the last year for which figures are available; what revenue for the National Lottery Distribution Fund such spending gave rise to; how much was distributed to good causes projects in London in the same period; and if he will make a statement.
(161534)
88
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to assist elderly people in London to prepare for the switchover from analogue to digital TV; and if he will make a statement.
(161762)
89
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many of his Department's staff are based overseas on an (a) temporary and (b) permanent basis; if he will list their locations; and if he will make a statement.
(161763)
90
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2007, Official Report, column 1177W, on Olympic Games: Greater London, how many private partners have so far committed to funding the UK-wide cultural festival as part of the Cultural Olympiad; how much funding these private partners have so far committed to provide; and how much funding he expects to receive from private partners.
(161638)
91
Mrs Sharon Hodgson (Gateshead East & Washington West):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding he has allocated to the Renaissance in the Regions programme; and if he will make a statement.
(161561)
92
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had with broadcasters on regional television news broadcasting.
(161307)
93
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent on the administration of the People's £50 Million Lottery contest.
(161459)
94
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many regional creative programmers have been appointed.
(161460)
95
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Big Lottery Fund has granted to the (a) Black Country Consortium Ltd, (b) Eden: the Edge, (c) Sherwood: The Living Legend and (d) the Sustrans' Connect2 projects; and for what purposes.
(161461)
96
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many of the 225 competition managers announced on 13th July 2007 have been appointed.
(161462)
97
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was allocated to each organisation bidding for the People's £50 Million Lottery contest by the Big Lottery Fund in order to help prepare for participating in the contest.
(161463)
98
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow East):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which UK Government Ministers will attend the announcement of the host city of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Sri Lanka on 9th November.
(161467)
99
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much public funding was made available to theatre companies in the East Midlands in each year between 1998 and 2006.
(161442)
100
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much funding has been allocated to public libraries in Derbyshire in the last five years.
(161443)
101
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the percentage of households in the East Midlands that will qualify for assistance in switching over to digital television.
(161448)
102
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much has been spent by the UK Film Council in the East Midlands in the last six years.
(161452)
103
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the take-up of digital television in (a) Suffolk and (b) the East of England was in the most recent priod for which figures are available.
(161840)
104
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many and what percentage of households he estimates will qualify for assistance in switching over to digital television in (a) Suffolk and (b) the East of England.
(161845)
105
Bill Wiggin (Leominster):To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what grants (a) his Department, (b) the National Lottery and (c) other public bodies for which his Department is responsible provided to British Waterways in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(161568)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
106
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on legal representation of his Department's interests at inquests into the deaths of service men and women on active service overseas held since the commencement of the second Iraq War.
(160757)
107
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where the training conducted for Turnchapel-based 539 Assault Squadron is.
(161752)
108
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, where training for the landing craft which support (a) HMS Ocean, (b) HMS Albion and (c) HMS Bulwark is conducted.
(161753)
109
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to relocate the Royal Marine training hulk HMS Rame Head from Fareham Creek; and if he will make a statement.
(161754)
110
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will provide a full answer to Question 155132, on Royal Air Force flights, tabled by the hon. Member for Kettering on 5th September for named day answer on 12th September.
(161121)
111
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated cost to date is of recruitment of a service complaints commissioner; by what means and where the post was advertised; on what date advertisements were placed in which publications; how many applications were received; and how many further posts will be advertised for the Commissioner's Office.
(161633)
112
Mrs Joan Humble (Blackpool North & Fleetwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consideration he has given to providing office facilities for the Service Complaints Commissioner located outside the Ministry of Defence establishment.
(161634)
113
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average length of service completed by retiring Army captains was in (a) 2000, (b) 2003, (c) 2005 and (d) 2006.
(161530)
114
N
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what delays are occurring to payments to Territorial Army personnel arising from the introduction of the new pay system; and if he will make a statement.
(161409)
115
N
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent representations he has received on the operation of the Joint Personnel Administration; and if he will make a statement.
(161411)
116
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects to reply to Question 159871, on sleeping bags, tabled on 17th October for answer on 22nd October.
(161417)
117
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many drugs tests on Army personnel produced positive results in (a) January to June 2006, (b) July to December 2006 and (c) January to June 2007; and how many of those results were positive for (i) cocaine, (ii) cocaine only, (iii) cannabis, (iv) cannabis only, (v) ecstasy and (vi) ecstasy only.
(161771)
118
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British army personnel tested positive for single-drug-only use in (a) the first 120 positives tested in 2003 and (b) the 150 positives tested during 2006, broken down by day of the week tested.
(161772)
119
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of Taliban commanders who have surrendered in Afghanistan as a result of (a) diplomatic and (b) military means.
(161773)
120
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of Taliban members who surrendered then subsequently returned to anti-western forces.
(161775)
121
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) ambushed and (b) improvised explosive device attacks were carried out against International Security Assistance Force troops in Helmand Province in each month in 2007.
(161776)
122
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) commanders and (b) foot soldiers surrendered to (i) the International Security Assistance Force and (ii) the Afghan National Army in each month in 2007.
(161777)
123
N
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many high dependency battle casualties have been treated at (a) Selly Oak, (b) Headley Court and (c) other units in 2007; and how many were treated in each preceding year since March 2003.
[R] (161318)
124
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK (a) casualties and (b) high dependency casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan have been treated in US hospitals.
[R] (161570)
125
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the Ministerial responsibilities are of each member of his ministerial team.
(161528)
126
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the unit production cost of the Joint Strike Fighter for financial years 2008-09 to 2024-25.
(161529)
127
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what changes in costs will be effected for his Department through the rebalancing of resources in the defence attaché network.
(161566)
128
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost of procuring the (a) Super Hornet, (b) marinised Eurofighter and (c) Rafale in the event of a delay or cancellation of the Joint Strike Fighter programme.
(161579)
129
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to Annex A of the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) (DEP 07/101), what changes to the proposed UK JSF delivery schedule have been made since the MoU signature.
(161580)
130
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 16th October 2007, Official Report, column 1016W, on schools: cadets, how many (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force Combined Cadet Force Units there were in each of the last 10 years; and how many of these units were affiliated to state sector schools in each of the last 10 years.
(161418)
131
N
Ann Winterton (Congleton):To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd October 2007, Official Report, column 7, on Afghanistan, on what basis the figure of 400 Mastiff vehicles was determined; and if he will make a statement.
(161160)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
132
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to improve communication methods between his Department's officials and farmers during foot and mouth disease outbreaks.
(161558)
133
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects Merial to start manufacturing the BTV-8 vaccine at Pirbright; and if he will make a statement.
(161258)
134
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received from the Amenity Forum on the use of pesticides; and if he will meet representatives of the Forum to discuss the matter.
(161259)
135
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects the manufacture of foot and mouth virus to recommence at Pirbright; and what conditions will be placed on that manufacture.
(161260)
136
Gordon Banks (Ochil and South Perthshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that his Department works more effectively with the Scottish Executive and sectoral canoeing and angling-based organisations to help counteract the potential threats of Gyrodactylus salaris.
(161408)
137
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on making contaminated land grants; and what assistance is available for householders who do not receive grants to remove radon gas from their property.
(161386)
138
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the summary of responses to his Department's consultation on the coexistence of GM, conventional and organic crops is awaiting ministerial approval before publication; and when he expects it to be published.
(161469)
139
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans there are for consideration at EU level of policies on the coexistence of GM, conventional and organic crops in 2008; and what his Department's policy objectives for that consideration are.
(161470)
140
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how his Department intends to proceed with bringing forward legislation on coexistence of GM, conventional and organic crops in England and liability issues arising.
(161471)
141
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to inform people about the Animal Welfare Act of 2006.
(161702)
142
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what changes there have been to the Government's approach to fuel poverty as a result of the new public service agreements.
(161703)
143
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many of acres of land in each government region were classified as being at risk of flooding in each year since 1995; and if he will make a statement.
(161764)
144
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of (a) the food produced in the UK and (b) the UK's annual food requirement was produced in (i) England, (ii) Wales, (iii) Scotland and (iv) Northern Ireland in each of the last five years.
(161329)
145
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which companies won the tender to supply boiler and central heating installations for Warm Front; and where they are located.
(161253)
146
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who the independent quality assessors appointed by his Department are; who are responsible for ensuring that Warm Front's pricing system is fair and reflects the market rate.
(161254)
147
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many companies participated in the competitive tendering bid to win the Warm Front boiler and central heating installation contract; and where they are located.
(161255)
148
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how Warm Front's pricing structure for central heating installation was determined.
(161256)
149
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the variation of the market rate for boiler and central heating installation across the UK; and how the variation is reflected in Warm Front's pricing formula.
(161257)
150
N
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress was made on tackling climate change at the UN Security-General's meeting of heads of state and government on climate change in New York on 24th September 2007.
(160756)
151
N
Anne Moffat (East Lothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the environmental protection of UK territorial waters.
(160758)
152
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which species of mycobacteria are carried by badgers.
(161704)
153
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what timetable he has set for the implementation of measures to develop the potential of the UK inshore recreational bass fishery.
(161720)
154
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has identified the species of most value to the recreational sea angling sector; and what steps he plans to take to protect and develop those recreational sea fisheries.
(161755)
155
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the optimum minimum landing size for bass (a) to ensure a robust stock structure and (b) to stimulate the development of the recreational sea fishery sector.
(161756)
156
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of commercial catching practices on the recreational sea angling sector.
(161781)
157
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to bring forward proposals to act on the recommendations of the Prime Minister's Strategy Unit's Net Benefits report.
(161782)
158
N
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Committee on Radioactive Waste Management recommendation that any consideration of new nuclear waste arising from new nuclear build would raise practical issues which would need to be subject to a separate assessment and consultation process.
(160850)
159
N
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which parts of the Managing Radioactive Waste Safely: A framework for implementing geological disposal consultation specifically address the issue of new build nuclear waste.
(160851)
160
N
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will publish the results of the Managing Radioative Waste Safely: A framework for implementing geological disposal consultation at the same time as those of the Future of Nuclear Power consultation; and what steps he plans to take to ensure that the two exercises are integrated.
(160852)
161
N
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how the timing of any decision arising from the Future of Nuclear Power consultation will take account of the High Court's findings that waste issues from any future nuclear new build must be explained in full.
(160853)
162
N
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether community benefit packages will be extended to those communities which host interim stores of nuclear waste pending permanent waste disposal; and whether those packages will be extendable permanently if disposal does not occur within a set time period.
(160854)
163
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which contractors are used by the Warm Front scheme in the East Midlands.
(161426)
164
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many homes have been provided with heating under the Warm Front scheme in (a) England and (b) Bolsover constituency in the last two years.
(161427)
165
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much of the £20 million announced in the 2006 Budget to help local authorities, households and others to promote energy efficiency has been allocated to (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk.
(161610)
166
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding his Department provided to support research on bee diseases in each of the last five years; what proportion was to the National Bee Unit; and whether other government departments fund bee research.
(161625)
167
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent estimate his Department has made of the economic benefit to agriculture and horticulture of honey bees.
(161626)
168
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much funding his Department provided to support the National Bee Unit in each of the last five years; and how much was spent on (a) supporting inspectors and (b) funding research in each year.
(161627)
169
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what subsidies have been available for each type of bio-fuel crop over the last five years.
(161681)
170
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the volume of carbon dioxide produced during the production cycle and transport of each type of bio-fuel crop.
(161682)
171
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he received the report Bovine TB in Cattle and Badgers: A Report by the Chief Scientific Adviser, Sir David King; when he commissioned the report; what its terms of reference were; what steps he now plans to take; and if he will make a statement.
(161251)
172
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he plans to announce funding support for rural community councils for 2008-09.
(161433)
173
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information on fish stocks his Department provided to the Food Standards Agency to enable the Agency to carry out the sustainability assessment of its two a week advice on fish consumption; and if he will place this information in the Library.
(161628)
174
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make a statement on the 2004 findings of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution that implementation of the Food Standards Agency two a week fish consumption advice would result in a 40 per cent. overall increase in fish consumption and a 200 per cent. increase in oily fish consumption.
(161629)
175
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when his Department was approached by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for advice on the sustainability of fish stocks with regard to the FSA's two a week fish consumption advice.
(161630)
176
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the impact on fish stocks of the Food Standards Agency's two a week fish consumption guidance.
(161631)
177
Joan Walley (Stoke-on-Trent North):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's policy is on the implementation of the Food Standards Agency's two a week fish consumption advice.
(161632)
178
Stephen Williams (Bristol West):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will allow local authorities to carry over their landfill allowance credits after the 2010 cut off period provided the UK has reached its EU landfill reduction target by this time.
(161465)
179
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what work his Department has conducted on the (a) cost and (b) policy implications of meeting the likely UK portion of the legally binding EU target of 20 per cent. of energy from renewables by 2020 to which the UK is committed; and if he will publish his work.
(161150)
180
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what modelling his Department has conducted on how the UK can meet its share of the EU target of 20 per cent. of energy from renewables by 2020; and if he will publish the results.
(161151)
181
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether the target to source 15 per cent. of the electricity consumed on the Government estate from combined heat and power by 2010 will be met; and if he will make a statement.
(161801)
182
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of electricity consumed on the Government estate is sourced from combined heat and power; and if he will make a statement.
(161802)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
183
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps his Department is taking in response to the imprisonment of human rights activists in Burma; and if he will make a statement.
(161512)
184
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to help to improve the human rights of the people of Burma.
(161511)
185
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is open to the UK to refer Burma to (a) the International Court of Justice and (b) any other international body for persistent use of forced labour; and if he will make a statement.
(161654)
186
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what UK business interests his Department has ascertained are held in Burma.
(161656)
187
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take in respect of the letter to his Department from the Fourth Section Registrar of the European Court of Human Rights dated 23rd October.
(161596)
188
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Rule 39 applications were lodged with the European Court of Human Rights by Tamils facing removal from the UK to Sri Lanka in each month since October 2006.
(161597)
189
N
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd October 2007, Official Report, columns 52-3W, on occupied territories: peace negotiations, whether Syria has been invited to the November meeting.
(161364)
190
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost was to his Department of the recent visit of Senator Oscar Oritz Antelo of Bolivia.
(161249)
191
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the recent attempts by right wing separatists and business leaders in the Santa Cruz province of Bolivia to disrupt international air transport flying from Viru-Viru Airport.
(161250)
192
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to strengthen mechanisms for the reporting of human rights violations in Burma.
(161472)
193
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment the Government has made of the human rights situation in Burma.
(161473)
194
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to strengthen mechanisms for the reporting of human rights violations in Zimbabwe.
(161474)
195
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many personnel are involved in poppy crop eradication and diversification in Helmand Province; and what their targets are for 2007.
(161123)
196
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he intends to answer the letter to him dated 25th September from the Right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr R. Tierney.
(161831)
197
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic initiatives he plans to take in response to the results of the Swiss elections.
(161573)
198
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of suspending the UK visas advice line in 2007.
(161525)
199
Mark Lazarowicz (Edinburgh North and Leith):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 11th June 2007, Official Report, columns 853-4W, on Poland: environment protection, whether the Government plans to make an intervention to the European Court of Justice in the case of the European Commission and Poland on the construction of the Augustow and Wasilkow road bypasses following the publications of details in the Commission's Official Journal on 25th August.
(161689)
200
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of (a) the human rights situation and (b) democratic reform in Belarus; and if he will make a statement.
(161139)
201
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the political situation in Burma; and if he will make a statement.
(161140)
202
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd October 2007, Official Report, column 53W, on the Republic of Ireland: honours, by what date it was necessary for persons referred to in his reply to have notified the Secretary of State of their intention to remain a British subject.
(161330)
203
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 23rd October 2007, Official Report, columns 191-2W, on the Republic of Ireland: diplomatic service, whether (a) the decision to dispose of Glancairn, Co. Dublin, (b) its subsequent lease back to his Department and (c) the purchase of Malay Grange, Dublin was considered by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Board before a decision was made by Ministers.
(161331)
204
Patrick Mercer (Newark):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what diplomatic approaches have been made towards the Taliban in Afghanistan.
(161774)
205
Robert Neill (Bromley & Chislehurst):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what point negotiations with the Spanish government have reached on the recovery of material from the wreck of HMS Sussex, sunk off Gibraltar.
(161724)
206
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the Government and its EU partners decided not to table a resolution on Sri Lanka at the sixth session of the UN Human Rights Council in September.
(161265)
207
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is the Governments's policy to support the introduction of targeted measures against the political and military leadership of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, as recommended by the UN Secretary General in his report on children and armed conflict in Sri Lanka S/2006/1006, December 2006.
(161266)
208
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to raise the situation in Sri Lanka at the UN Security Council.
(161267)
209
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the (a) security and (b) human rights situation in Sri Lanka; and if he will make a statement.
(161268)
210
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library the text of the Reform Treaty and Protocols agreed at Lisbon, including all the amendments in EU document CIG4/1/07 revision 1 of 5th October.
(160980)
211
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to repeal section 2 (1) of the European Communities Act 1972 if the EU Reform Treaty comes into effect.
(161129)
212
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which judicial authority will adjudicate on cases related to the UK's opt-ins under the proposed EU Reform Treaty.
(161130)
213
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise with President Gayom of the Maldives at the forthcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Summit in Kampala concerns on progress on the Road Map to Reform in the Maldives.
(161155)
214
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what basis Polish people were able to vote in the UK in the recent Polish general election; and whether any reciprocal arrangements are in place to enable British citizens in other EU countries to vote in British general elections.
(161156)
215
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answers of 9th October 2007, Official Report, column 554W, on Ukraine: entry clearance, what average number of appointments have been (a) kept and (b) missed since the visa section in Kiev introduced an appointments system with a limit of seven per day.
(161589)
216
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9th October 2007, Official Report, column 554W, on Ukraine: entry clearances, what average number of appointments were held per day before the introduction of the seven appointments per day limit.
(161590)
217
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9th October 2007, Official Report, column 554W, on Ukraine: entry clearances, what the average notice period given for appointments was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(161591)
218
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 9th October 2007, Official Report, column 554W, on Ukraine: entry clearances, what representations he has received on extending the minimum notice period of appointments for applications.
(161592)
219
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Government has had with the French government on transposing rights in UK civil partnerships into the French system of legal recognition of civil partnerships for UK civil partners living in France.
(161800)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
220
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the Broomfield Hospital Private Finance Initiative Scheme to receive final approval.
(161125)
221
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the holding reply of 18th October 2007, when he will provide a substantive answer to Question 158832, on treatment of Jamboree attenders at Broomfield Hospital, Chelmsford, tabled by the hon. Member for West Chelmsford on 12th October 2007.
(161126)
222
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether candidates for appointment to senior civil servant posts in his Department are required to disclose legal actions in foreign countries which they have been involved as part of the appointment process.
(161327)
223
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individuals aged 11 to 18 years resident in Ribble Valley constituency were treated for alcohol-related health problems in each year since 1997.
(161146)
224
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the take up by pensioners in Ribble Valley constituency of influenza vaccinations in each year since 1997.
(161149)
225
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the waiting times are for digital hearing aid (a) assessment and (b) fitting in each London primary care trust; and if he will make a statement.
(161532)
226
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many nurses were employed in each London primary care trust area in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(161550)
227
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many free influenza vaccines are available for use; how many will be available for use by (a) November and (b) December 2007 in each London (i) constituency and (ii) primary care trust area; and if he will make a statement.
(161551)
228
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many pensioners received a free influenza vaccine in each London (a) constituency and (b) London primary care trust area in each year since 1997; what percentage each figure represents of those eligible in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(161552)
229
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwives were employed in each London primary care trust in each year since 1997; how many vacancies for midwives there were in each trust in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(161553)
230
Paul Flynn (Newport West):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department has taken to reduce difficulties experienced by patients who are allergic to latex gloves.
(161549)
231
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the public purse was of preparing and distributing his Department's package of information on the smoking ban sent to private individuals and businesses after the ban came into effect.
(161132)
232
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the (a) prevalence and (b) cost of treating dementia in England in the latest period for which figures are available.
(161574)
233
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued to health trusts on arrangements to be made between trusts on individual healthcare practitioners' insurance liability when working on collaborative projects.
(161262)
234
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the merger of the former Avon, Wiltshire and Gloucestershire ambulance trusts on (a) the use of resources and (b) quality of services provided.
(161263)
235
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many healthcare-acquired infections there were in (a) the North East, (b) the Tees Valley and (c) the area corresponding as closely as possible to Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(161650)
236
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding was allocated to NHS chiropody services for the elderly in each of the last five years.
(161651)
237
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what services are provided through the NHS for elderly patients requiring chiropody treatment in (a) the North East and (b) the area corresponding as closely as possible to Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency.
(161652)
238
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the waiting lists for NHS chiropody services for the elderly comply with the Government's commitment to 18 weeks from referral to treatment in (a) England, (b) the North East and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency; and if he will make a statement.
(161673)
239
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what definition his Department uses of an academic health sciences centre; and if he will make a statement.
(161575)
240
Ian Lucas (Wrexham):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many completed patient episodes relating to patients from Wales took place in primary care trusts in (a) North West England and (b) the West Midlands region of the NHS in each of the last three years for which records are available.
(161434)
241
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to tackle health inequalities in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(161141)
242
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve stroke services in the NHS.
(161457)
243
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if his Department will increase funding for stroke rehabilitation therapies.
(161458)
244
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish, in full, the recommendations of the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation on the human papilloma virus (HPV) vaccination programme before its next meeting in February; what plans he has to introduce an HPV programme for girls aged 12 to 13; what plans he has to extend an HPV programme to young women older than 13; and if he will make a statement.
(161453)
245
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who recommended Rose Gibb, the former Chief Executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, for the post of Chief Executive at Pennine Acute Trust in February.
(161456)
246
Anne Milton (Guildford):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will list all meetings that he and his Ministers have had with stakeholders to discuss implementation of the National Alcohol Strategy: Safe, Sensible, Social since its launch.
(161683)
247
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date Ministers from his Department next plan to meet representatives of the Health Food Manufacturers Association to discuss progress in implementation of the Food Supplements Directive.
(161538)
248
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many penalty charges on those wrongfully claiming free prescriptions in accordance with the Health Act 1999 were served in each year since that Act came into force.
(161705)
249
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many checks on free prescription claims were made by the NHS Counter Fraud and Security Management Service in each year since the Health Act 1999 came into force.
(161706)
250
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the carers grant will be renewed beyond March 2008.
(161707)
251
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what resources will be allocated to the National Carers Strategy.
(161708)
252
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with carers' representatives on the settlement for social care funding in the Comprehensive Spending Review; and what the outcome was of those discussions.
(161709)
253
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was available through the carers grant in each year since its inception.
(161710)
254
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of whether there is a link between the incidence of bovine tuberculosis and the incidence of atypical tuberculosis.
(161711)
255
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the end of life care strategy.
(161712)
256
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many and what precentage of NHS organisations met core standard C15b of the Standards for Better Healthcare in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and which NHS organisations did not meet core standard C15b in (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07.
(161713)
257
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of finished episodes of care with a primary diagnosis of (a) coronary heart disease, (b) stroke and transient ischaemic attack, (c) diabetes, (d) chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, (e) cancer, (f) dementia, (g) depression and (h) chronic kidney disease had a secondary diagnosis of (i) malnutrition and (ii) nutritional anaemias in each year since 1997-98.
(161714)
258
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of finished episodes of care with a primary diagnosis of (a) malnutrition and (b) nutritional anaemias had a secondary diagnosis of (i) coronary heart disease, (ii) stroke and transient ischaemic attack, (iii) diabetes, (iv) chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, (v) cancer, (vi) dementia, (vii) depression and (viii) chronic kidney disease in each year since 1997-98.
(161715)
259
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people (a) were admitted to and (b) discharged from hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of (i) malnutrition and (ii) nutritional anaemias in each year since 1997-98.
(161716)
260
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 15th October 2007, Official Report, column 905W to the hon. Member for the Wrekin, what criteria are used to determine necessity for stab proof vests (a) in his Department and (b) in ambulance trusts.
(161751)
261
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 12th June 2007, Official Report, column 1004W, on the NHS: ICT, if he will place in the Library the annual benefits report for the National Programme for IT; when the results of the annual survey of NHS information management and technology expenditure will be made available; and when the evidence-based development plans will be made available.
(161757)
262
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 18th June 2007, Official Report, columns 1560-1W, on Departments: surveys, for what reasons the departmental staff surveys for his Department in 2006 and 2007 are not yet available on the www.civilservice.gov.uk website.
(161758)
263
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd September 2007, Official Report, columns 1883-4W, on patients: nutrition, in what ways the National Patient Safety Agency is actively promoting the comprehensive screening of patients on admission to hospital; and what expenditure the National Patient Safety Agency (a) committed to this purpose in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (b) has committed in 2007-08.
(161759)
264
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd September 2007, Official Report, columns 1882-4W, on patients: nutrition, what the count of bed days was for finished episodes where the (a) primary and (b) secondary diagnosis was nutritional anaemias in each year since 1997-98.
(161779)
265
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2007, Official Report, column 1306-7W, on the elderly: malnutrition, when he plans to publish his Department's nutrition action plan.
(161780)
266
Joan Ryan (Enfield North):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to implement the Government commitment that everyone with breast problems should see a specialist within two weeks of a referral by their GP.
(161468)
267
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS linear accelerators there are in Lincolnshire; what the capacity of each is in number of fractions per annum; how many years each has been in service; how many new linear accelerators are expected to be available in Lincolnshire in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(161521)
268
N
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which genetically modified products have been approved by the EU for sale in the UK.
(161252)
269
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will institute a review of the effectiveness of the remit and scope of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence investigations; and if he will make a statement.
(161444)
270
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual running costs were of the NHS Modernisation Agency were in each year since its inception; how many full-time employees the Agency has; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(161527)
271
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual running costs were of the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement in each year since its introduction; how many full-time employees the Institute has; what assessment he has made of its effectiveness; and if he will make a statement.
(161576)
272
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines his Department has issued in relation to provision of child and adolescent mental health services, with particular reference to (a) 24 hour emergency access to services and (b) the emergency provison of a place of safety for young persons under the age of 16.
(161572)
273
Mr John Spellar (Warley):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for North Norfolk of 19th October 2007, Official Report, column 1392W, on Maidstone NHS Trust: managers, what legal advice his Department has received on the severance payment to the former Chief Executive of the Maidstone NHS Trust.
(161416)
274
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish his Department's response to the independent review of children's palliative care services; and if he will make a statement.
(158487)
275
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children under the age of 16 years sought treatment for cannabis use in (a) England, (b) the East of England and (c) Suffolk in each of the last five years.
(161609)
276
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's budget is for mass media anti-smoking campaigns in the 2007-08 financial year; and what the budget will be in each of the financial years to 2011-12.
(161133)
277
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to restrict children's access to tobacco products through cigarette vending machines.
(161306)
278
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has undertaken on the relationship between levels of uptake of smoking amongst under 18 year olds and the availability and accessibility of tobacco vending machines.
(161390)
279
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the last audit of the use of multi-professional education and training funding was published; and when he expects the next one.
(161607)
280
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what central assumptions his Department makes in its projections for planning for demand for health services about current (a) mean and (b) median (i) fertility, (ii) average age at marriage and (iii) marriage rates of each gender.
(161833)
281
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the National Blood Service stopped accepting donations from prisoners held in secure accommodation in (a) England, (b) Scotland and (c) Wales as a source of blood products for the manufacture of blood products; and if he will make a statement.
(161328)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
282
John Austin (Erith & Thamesmead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her Department's policy not to issue removal directions in respect of Tamils who claim that their return to Sri Lanka might expose them to risk of treatment in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights pending the adoption of a lead judgment in one or more of the applications already communicated under Rule 39.
(161637)
283
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the power to authorise stop and search for offensive weapons within a specified area for the period of 24 hours under section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 was used by a senior police officer in each year since the Act came into force.
(161135)
284
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) training and (b) written guidance is provided to police officers for the use of stop and search powers under (i) section 60 of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 and (ii) section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
(161136)
285
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many stop and searches were carried out by police under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000 in each year since the Act's introduction; and how many and what percentage of those searches resulted in arrest.
(161137)
286
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 15th October 2007, Official Report, column 548, on inward migration, how many and what percentage of migrants to the UK were (a) EEA nationals, (b) non-EEA nationals, (c) dependents and (d) students in each of the last five years.
(161727)
287
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to reduce levels of crime in hospitals and health centres since 1997.
(161269)
288
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to reduce levels of knife crime in Coventry since 1997.
(161270)
289
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to encourage the police force to work with local communities to tackle crime in the West Midlands since 1997.
(161271)
290
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been detained without charge on suspicion of terrorist offences for 28 days; and how many of these were (a) charged and (b) released without charge.
(161571)
291
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any suspects detained without charge on suspicion of terrorist offences for 28 days and then released without charge have been subsequently re-arrested and charged with a terrorist offence.
(161595)
292
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for how long those detained following the raids in Chinatown on 11th October were held before they were given (a) food and (b) drink; and if she will make a statement.
(161721)
293
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make a statement on the meeting attended by Border and Immigration Agency officials in Chinatown on 18th October.
(161722)
294
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on the protest in London's Chinatown which involved closure of several restaurants on 18th October; and if she will make a statement.
(161723)
295
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, at what stage those detained on 11th October during the raid in London's Chinatown by the Border and Immigration Agency were afforded access to legal advice; and if she will make a statement.
(161725)
296
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will meet the London Chinatown Chinese Association to discuss immigration issues.
(161726)
297
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has received reports of illegal guns arriving in mainland Great Britain through the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland; and if she will make a statement.
(161669)
298
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether records on the condition of animals are kept on a 24-hour basis by establishments with a certificate of designation under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986.
(161670)
299
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time was at immigration for non-EEA citizens entering the UK via London Heathrow Terminal 1 in the first six months of 2007.
(161639)
300
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time was at immigration for non-EEA citizens entering the UK via London Heathrow Terminal 3 in the first six months of 2007.
(161640)
301
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time was at immigration for non-EEA citizens entering the UK via London Heathrow Terminal 2 in the first six months of 2007.
(161641)
302
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time was at immigration for non-EEA citizens entering the UK via London Heathrow Terminal 4 in the first six months of 2007.
(161642)
303
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time was at immigration for non-EEA citizens entering the UK via London Gatwick South Terminal in the first six months of 2007.
(161643)
304
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were seized as stowaways in trucks in each of the last five years.
(161838)
305
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was raised from fines of drivers of vehicles carrying stowaways in each year since the inception of such fines.
(161839)
306
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the likely effect of budgetary plans on future police officer numbers, broken down by Government region; and if she will make a statement.
(161547)
307
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people whose DNA is held on the national database that have committed no offence are (a) male and (b) female; and if she will make a statement.
(161548)
308
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on the compatibility of aspects of the restructuring of the Merseyside Police with the framework laid down by her workforce modernisation agenda.
(161154)
309
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd May 2007 to the hon. Member for Ashford, Official Report, column 1248W, on offenders: deportation, what steps she has taken to ascertain the nationality, residential status and right to remain in the United Kingdom of the 879 prisoners held in England and Wales whose nationality is classified as unknown.
(161615)
310
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what safeguards are in place to ensure that deported convicted foreign nationals cannot return to the United Kingdom at a later date.
(161617)
311
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what total sums were paid to foreign prisoners in compensation for unlawful detention in custody beyond the end of their sentences in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(161620)
312
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what factors were taken into account in determining the format of the notices posted in airports for incoming passengers at the UK's borders.
(161659)
313
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crack cocaine dealers were (a) prosecuted and (b) sentenced in (i) England, (ii) the North East and (iii) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland in each of the last 10 years
(161672)
314
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what date her Department received the original mutual legal assistance request from the US Department of Justice on BAE Systems; what representations her Department has received from (a) the US Administration, (b) BAE Systems, (c) other government departments and (d) other persons about the progress of the mutual legal assistance request; and on what dates these representations were made.
(161454)
315
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department has forwarded a copy of the US Department of Justice's mutual legal assistance request on BAE Systems to (a) the Serious Fraud Office and (b) another law enforcement agency.
(161455)
316
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Edinburgh West, of 19th July 2007, Official Report, column 504W, on the BAE Systems inquiry, what protocols are encompassed by the phrase `considered in the usual way'.
(161594)
317
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to reply to Question 113924, on immigration officers, tabled by the hon. Member for Thurrock on 5th January 2007 for answer on 9th January 2007.
(161333)
318
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many project licences were granted under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006; and how many project licences were in force at the end of (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006 in respect of work to be carried out in Scotland.
(161678)
319
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many regulated procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 were carried out in Scotland in 2006.
(161679)
320
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many places in Scotland were designated as an (a) supplying establishment, (b) breeding establishment and (c) scientific procedure establishment under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 at the end of (i) 2005 and (ii) 2006.
(161680)
321
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many animals were used in regulated procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 in Scotland in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.
(161684)
322
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of regulated procedures under the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 carried out in Scotland in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006 were conducted without anaesthesia.
(161685)
323
John Robertson (Glasgow North West):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many infringements of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 1986 were recorded in Scotland at the end of 2006; and how many resulting prosecutions there were.
(161686)
324
Andrew Rosindell (Romford):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to consider the introduction of a ban on certain dog breeds in council properties.
(161783)
325
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to seek the deportation of foreign prisoners from the date of their conviction; and if she will make a statement.
(161531)
326
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders have been imposed in (a) Derbyshire and (b) Bolsover constituency since their introduction.
(161451)
327
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many children in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk have their DNA stored on a database; and how many of those have been charged with committing a criminal offence.
(161611)
328
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many complaints were made in each UK region against private contractors providing homes for asylum seekers in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; how many have been made in 2007-08; and if she will make a statement.
(161157)
329
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much her Department spent on using private contractors to provide homes for asylum seekers in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and how much it has spent in 2007-08.
(161158)
330
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the value was of the largest contract made with private contractors to provide homes for asylum seekers in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and what the value is of the largest contract made in 2007-08.
(161159)
331
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to reply to the letter of 25th September from the hon. Member for Walsall North on a constituent, ref: B26912/7.
(161601)
332
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to reply to the letter of 26th September from the hon. Member for Walsall North on a constituent, ref: M19351/7.
(161602)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
333
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what resuscitation equipment is provided in each building on the Parliamentary Estate; and if he will make a statement.
(161533)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
334
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much of the £1 billion announced on the publication of the Sainsbury Review, to be spent on business innovation and technology development, is additional investment not previously announced.
(161143)
335
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many HIV/AIDS drug patents are held by British companies.
(161421)
336
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was allocated to the University of Teesside through Higher Education Funding Council for England teaching grants in each of the last five years; and what the planned level of grant is for 2008-09.
(161649)
337
N
Rob Marris (Wolverhampton South West):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of full-time undergraduates studying at universities in the UK is enrolled on courses leading to a degree in engineering.
(158488)
338
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what recent estimate he has made of levels of adult literacy in England; and if he will make a statement.
(161446)
339
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many adults (a) enrolled in adult and community learning programmes and (b) participated in further education in Suffolk in each year since 1997.
(161842)
340
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what percentage of young people from (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk undertook (i) degrees and (ii) other advanced courses at university in each of the last five years.
(161843)
341
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time students enrolled on higher education courses in each year since 2001.
(161506)
342
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time mature students enrolled on a higher education course in each year since 2001.
(161507)
343
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time mature students withdrew from their higher education course in each year since 2001.
(161508)
344
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time students under 22 years old withdrew from their higher education course in each year since 2001.
(161509)
345
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what proportion of the additional support budget of the Train to Gain programme was spent in each English region by the Learning and Skills Council in 2006-07.
(161510)
346
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East):To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of withdrawing funding for students to take second degrees on institutions offering part-time courses; and if he will make a statement.
(161645)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
347
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to improve (a) access to primary education, (b) access to electricity, food and other necessities of life and (c) employment opportunities for people in Burma in the long-term; and if he will make a statement.
(161513)
348
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will take steps to increase aid for non-governmental organisations working to promote change in Burma.
(161655)
349
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of numbers of refugees from Zimbabwe in Mozambique.
(161677)
350
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department has taken to address the lack of access to basic sanitary protection for women in Zimbabwe.
(161562)
351
Mrs Claire Curtis-Thomas (Crosby):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the European Blue Card Scheme on the technical and engineering capacity of developing African countries (a) in conflict and (b) post conflict; and if he will make a statement.
(161603)
352
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps are being taken to introduce a UN approved co-ordinator to head international reconstruction and development work in Afghanistan.
(161124)
353
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether he has any plans to support or encourage HIV/AIDS voluntary testing schemes in sub-Saharan Africa.
(161419)
354
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the effect of HIV/AIDS on the economies of sub-Saharan Africa.
(161420)
355
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of UK aid given to sub-Saharan Africa in the latest period for which figures are available was devoted to projects dealing with HIV/AIDS.
(161422)
356
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations he has received on the provision by the United Kingdom of medical training and expertise to doctors dealing with HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa.
(161423)
357
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much funding the UK gave to HIV/AIDS projects in sub-Saharan Africa in each of the last five years.
(161424)
358
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps he is taking to assist the provision to HIV/AIDS victims in sub-Saharan Africa of access to the best available treatment and drugs at affordable prices.
(161425)
359
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(161138)
360
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes):To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the humanitarian situation in Darfur; and if he will make a statement.
(161142)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
361
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many disciplinary hearings have been heard at HM Prison Pentonville for those staff who were suspended under corruption investigations; what the (a) date and (b) outcome was of each hearing; how many remain outstanding and for what reasons in each case; and if he will make a statement.
(161514)
362
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many years' experience the previous governing governor of HM Prison Pentonville had as a governing governor before taking up the post as governing governor of the establishment; whether this was a managed move; who was responsible for authorising the move; which skills were defined as necessary to fill the role; and if he will make a statement.
(161515)
363
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what training in professional standards the previous governing governor of HM Prison Pentonville had before taking up post as head of professional standards issues at HM Prison Service; and if he will make a statement.
(161516)
364
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance is provided to prison governors on governor grades and excessive work hours; if he will place a copy of this guidance in the Library; and if he will make a statement.
(161517)
365
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons HM Prison Pentonville has become a level one prison establishment; and if he will make a statement.
(161518)
366
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints have been received by HM Prison Service about the commissioning of Ron Tasker's investigation; what action was taken on receipt of these complaints; and if he will make a statement.
(161519)
367
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what measures are in place to ensure that uniformed prison staff do not work excessive hours in carrying out bedwatch duties; and if he will make a statement.
(161520)
368
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reason the previous governor of HM Prison Pentonville was transferred to the Professional Standards Unit; whether this was a managed move; who was responsible for authorising the move; what skills were defined by that person as necessary to fill the role; and if he will make a statement.
(161565)
369
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what information he holds on which Government departments have a policy of making compensation payments to people making requests to them under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 when the deadlines for providing information set out in that Act are not complied with.
(161523)
370
Philip Davies (Shipley):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 17th October 2007, Official Report, column 1153W, on approved premises: re-offenders, on what basis the effectiveness of approved premises (bail or probation hostels) is measured.
(161414)
371
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national prisoners successfully appealed against deportation in each of the last five years; and how many have so appealed in 2007-08.
(161584)
372
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign nationals are held on indeterminate sentences for public protection.
(161585)
373
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many time-served foreign nationals are being held in (a) detention centres and (b) prisons.
(161586)
374
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners who escaped or absconded from prison were foreign nationals in each of the last 10 years; and how many of these absconded from open prisons.
(161587)
375
N
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national prisoners were given leave to remain in the UK in the latest period for which figures are available.
(161593)
376
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) British and (b) foreign national prisoners committed (i) acts of self-harm and (ii) suicide in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(161618)
377
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) British and (b) foreign national prisoners were detained in custody beyond the end of their sentence for (i) up to one week, (ii) up to one month, (iii) up to six months, (iv) up to a year and (v) more than a year in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(161619)
378
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national prisoners were held in each category D prisons in England and Wales on the last day of each of the last 24 months for which figures are available.
(161621)
379
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of prisoners who used intravenous drugs during their imprisonment in the latest period for which figures are available.
(161622)
380
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the (a) number and (b) percentage of prisoners infected with (i) HIV, (ii) hepatitis B and (iii) hepatitis C in the latest period for which figures are available.
(161623)
381
Mr Edward Garnier (Harborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the potential effect on levels of radicalisation in prisons of dedicating entire prisons to foreign national prisoners.
(161624)
382
Mr Jim Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he next expects to meet his counterparts in the Scottish Executive to discuss cross-border co-operation on the protection of children from sex offenders; and if he will make a statement.
(161844)
383
Mr Jim Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which areas have been selected as pilot schemes for compulsory polygraph tests as a management tool to control sex offenders; and if he will make a statement.
(161846)
384
Mr Jim Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many high-risk sex offenders are being monitored by satellite tracking; and if he will make a statement.
(161847)
385
Mr Jim Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make a statement on his plans to increase public awareness of how sex offenders are housed in the community.
(161848)
386
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects to answer the letter to him dated 19th September from the Right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr A. Daly.
(161832)
387
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many complaints were made by members of the public to the Information Commissioner in each year for which figures are available; and how many of those complaints resulted in the Information Commissioner issuing an enforcement notice.
(161813)
388
N
Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will bring forward legislative proposals to provide compensation to people who have experienced asbestos related diseases, including pleural plaque, and their families.
(161598)
389
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of those arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences since the events of 11th September 2001 have at some point claimed asylum.
(161581)
390
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many persons had their removal delayed by applications for judicial review in each of the last three years; and what proportion of cases before the Appeal Court they comprised.
(161582)
391
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people are detained in prison; and how many of them were born outside the UK.
(161583)
392
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people on the Sex Offenders Register are in (a) the East of England and (b) Suffolk; and how many of these are being supervised by the Probation Service.
(161608)
393
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many lay judges are available to sit on immigration tribunals at each of the 19 hearing centres in the UK.
(161604)
394
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he plans to appoint more lay judges to immigration tribunals in Scotland.
(161605)
395
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many lay judges were appointed to sit on immigration cases in Scotland in each of the last five rounds of appointments.
(161606)
396
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions the Chief Executive of the Youth Justice Board has held with the School Food Trust on the application of new nutritional standards to children in custody.
(161412)
397
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will assess whether any children were refused early release because the Youth Justice Board failed to keep its guidance and forms up to date in the last two years.
(161413)
398
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign nationals released from UK prisons were (a) handed over to authorities in their country of origin, (b) released into the custody of the immigration and borders service, (c) deported and (d) released and allowed to remain in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.
(161435)
399
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East):To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what crimes had been committed by the foreign prisoners (a) handed over to authorities in their country of origin, (b) released into the custody of the immigration and borders service, (c) deported and (d) released and allowed to remain in the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.
(161436)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
400
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress has been made on the establishment of a sexual assault referral centre in Northern Ireland.
(161692)
401
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much overtime was paid to Police Service of Northern Ireland (a) regular officers, (b) full-time reserve officers and (c) civilian support staff in each financial year since 2004-05.
(161693)
402
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Police Service of Northern Ireland (a) regular and (b) full-time reserve officers are on paid sick leave.
(161694)
403
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent on mandatory leadership training in his Department in each financial year since 2003-04.
(161695)
404
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much was spent on travel and subsistence by officials in his Department in each financial year since 2005-06.
(161696)
405
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many licence applications were (a) received and (b) granted under the Explosives (Fireworks) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2002 in each of the years since the Regulations came into operation.
(161697)
406
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many people in Northern Ireland were (a) charged with and (b) convicted of illegal use of fireworks in each year since 2002.
(161698)
407
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many retailers had their registration to keep fireworks revoked under the Manufacture and Storage of Explosives Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2006 in each year since the Regulations came into operation.
(161699)
408
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how he plans to measure the effectiveness of the Fireworks Public Safety Awareness and Enforcement Campaign launched on 8th October.
(161700)
409
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what progress is being made on bail reform in Northern Ireland.
(161701)
410
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the percentage change in (a) police officers' and (b) prison officers' pay in Northern Ireland was in each of the last six years.
(161556)
411
N
Lady Hermon (North Down):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many Police Service Northern Ireland personnel are working on the investigation into the Northern Bank robbery, broken down by rank.
(161557)
412
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects to reply to Question 155824, on Northern Ireland territorial waters, tabled by the hon. Member for Thurrock on 5th October for answer on 8th October.
(161332)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
413
N
Lorely Burt (Solihull):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what steps she has taken to ensure that there is competitive tendering for Olympic contracts.
(160994)
414
Mr Don Foster (Bath):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, pursuant to the Answer of 14th June 2007, Official Report, column 117W, on Olympic Games: Greater London, what proportion of the Legacy Trust will be allocated for funding (a) cultural activites and (b) sporting activity.
(161644)
415
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, if she will bring forward proposals to include celebrations of Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee as part of the Olympic Games in 2012.
(161308)
416
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what locations in the East Midlands are being considered to serve as training sites for athletes for the 2012 Olympics.
(161441)
Questions to the Prime Minister
417
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East):To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 15th October 2007, Official Report, column 820W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, at which of his regular meetings with the Secretary of State for Defence he informed him of his decision to announce troop withdrawal from Iraq.
(161464)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
418
N
Mr Charles Kennedy (Ross, Skye and Lochaber):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, why he advised DRS of a change in design in respect of ballot papers on 17th April 2007; what assessment was made at the time of the likely impact on the timescale involved for the subsequent issuing of postal ballots; what steps he took to advise returning officers of the changes and of the potential impact on the issuing of the postal ballot packs; and if he will make a statement.
(161410)
419
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow East):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what steps his Department is taking to support Glasgow's bid to host the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
(161466)
420
N
David Mundell (Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale):To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what procedure the right hon. Member for Paisley and Renfrewshire South followed on appointment as Labour Party co-ordinator for the Scottish elections in May 2007, in relation to the Ministerial Code, with particular reference to sections (a) 1.2(f), (b) 7.3 and (c) 7.4; what discussions were held with the Permanent Secretary of the Department on this matter; and if he will make a statement.
(161393)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
421
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of converting tallow into biodiesel.
(161599)
422
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the cost of converting tallow into biodiesel.
(161600)
423
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment her Department has made of the advantage of converting tallow into recycled products; and if she will make a statement.
(161635)
424
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the cost of converting tallow into recycled products.
(161636)
425
Mr David Clelland (Tyne Bridge):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average age is of rolling stock fleet allocated to (a) each of the current rail franchises and (b) the Tyne and Wear Metro; and what the expected average age is of such rolling stock by 2013 in each case.
(161660)
426
Mr David Drew (Stroud):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the effect of the introduction of the EU directive in December which restricts the numbers of miles drivers can drive without having a rest period; and if she will make a statement.
(161687)
427
N
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment her Department has made of the comparative impact 4x4 and other vehicles have on (a) other vehicles and (b) pedestrians when involved in a collision.
(161559)
428
N
Mr David Hamilton (Midlothian):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment her Department has made of the (a) accident rates and (b) severity of accidents of 4x4 vehicles in comparison to other vehicles.
(161560)
429
N
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will provide funding (a) to make improvements to the A436 around Cheltenham and (b) to adopt other measures to reduce congestion in Cheltenham city centre.
(160495)
430
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) percentage and (b) actual change he expects there to be in numbers of seats on (i) peak and (ii) off peak services from Peterborough to London Kings Cross between December 2007 and January 2009; and if she will make a statement.
(161388)
431
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent estimate she has made of likely levels of overcrowding on the East Coast Mainline Kings Cross to Peterborough line over the next five years; and if she will make a statement.
(161389)
432
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps she is taking to encourage the migration of freight from road to rail, with particular reference to the (a) A1(M), (b) A14 and (c) A47 major trunk roads; and if she will make a statement.
(161761)
433
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether she or officials from her Department have had meetings with Transport for London in the last six months to discuss new funding arrangements following the Metronet administration and the approval of Crossrail.
(161526)
434
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will place in the Library documents or information which her Department, or the Civil Aviation Authority, has in respect of the claim by Flybe's cabin crews that poisonous fumes have been leaking into the cabins of Flybe's fleet of BAE 146 aircraft; and if she will make a statement.
(161430)
435
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Air Accidents Investigations branch plans to investigate claims that (a) poisonous fumes and (b) bleed air including toxic particles have been sucked into the cabins of Flybe's fleet of BAE 146 aircraft; and if she will make a statement.
(161431)
436
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will place in the Library a copy of the letter which the Highways Agency received from Essex Police in support of the 70 mph speed limit at the Asda roundabout approach road A1089 and which is referred to in the letter sent on 21st June 2007 by Francis Cluett, Area Performance Manager, Traffic Operations South East of the Highways Agency to the hon. Member for Thurrock.
(161432)
437
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the projected change in passenger numbers using the rail network between (a) Basingstoke and London and (b) Basingstoke and Reading is in each of the next five years.
(161666)
438
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the change in passenger capacity on the rail network between (a) Basingstoke and London and (b) Basingstoke and Reading in each of the next five years.
(161667)
439
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultations have taken place on increasing rail capacity in line with house building planned for the South East regional area.
(161668)
440
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will make it her policy to close rail level crossing footpaths where they are (a) redundant and (b) assessed as a safety risk and nuisance; and if she will make a statement.
(158489)
441
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what progress has been made on the feasibility study into a new access road for Canvey Island; what assessment she has made of the (a) safety, (b) congestion, (c) regeneration and (d) environmental impacts of providing such an access road; and if she will make a statement.
(160233)
442
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions she has had with the Office of Rail Regulation on the safety implications of the use of train whistles at night.
(161127)
443
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people were killed at (a) pedestrian and (b) vehicular rail level crossings in each of the last three years.
(161128)
444
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she expects payments to commence under the London Gateway Port disturbance payment compensation scheme to fishermen who fish predominantly in the reclamation area.
(161131)
445
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average daily traffic flow was on each section of the A11 in (a) Suffolk and (b) Norfolk in each of the last five years.
(161569)
446
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what proportion of calls to help lines provided by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency for use by (a) members of the public and (b) hon. Members were not answered in the last period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(161814)
447
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet):To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the responsibilities of (a) her Department and (b) the Mayor of London will be on oversight of Crossrail.
(161784)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
448
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what recent steps the Government has taken to reduce the gender pay gap.
(161563)
449
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many independent domestic violence advisers were employed in each year since 1997, broken down by region; what indicators the Government uses to assess their effectiveness; and what assessment she has made of their performance based on those indicators.
(161437)
450
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire):To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what research the Government has (a) conducted, (b) commissioned and (c) reviewed on the gender gap in suicide rates.
(161588)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
451
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of non-resident parents with a present child support liability who, as a result of transfer of their case to the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission from 2010 onwards, will see their weekly liability alter by (a) between £0 to £10, (b) between £10 to £20, (c) between £20 to £30 and (d) by more than £30 as a result of the difference between their current assessment and the new calculation based on historic tax year information.
(161428)
452
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many child support cases of (a) up to one year, (b) one to two years, (c) two to three years, (d) three to four years, (e) four to five years and (f) five or more years of age have never been reassessed since originally calculated.
(161429)
453
Mr Alan Duncan (Rutland & Melton):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many statutory instruments were laid before Parliament by his Department between 2nd November 2005 and 1st July 2007.
(161849)
454
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many claims for winter fuel payments were made in Ribble Valley constituency in each year since their introduction.
(161148)
455
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners received the winter fuel allowance in Bolsover constituency in (a) 2002, (b) 2003, (c) 2004, (d) 2005 and (e) 2006.
(161445)
456
Mr Dennis Skinner (Bolsover):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of companies in the East Midlands with invalid or insufficient liability insurance.
(161447)
457
Mr David Willetts (Havant):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what central assumptions his Department makes in drawing up its projections for the purpose of estimating future demand for benefits about current (a) mean and (b) median (i) fertility, (ii) average age at marriage and (iii) marriage rates of each gender.
(161836)
458
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of children in (a) the UK, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) England living below the poverty line; and if he will make a statement.
(161803)
459
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of children in (a) the UK, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) England were living below the poverty line in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(161804)
460
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of households in (a) the UK, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) England living below the poverty line; and if he will make a statement.
(161805)
461
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of households in (a) the UK, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) England were living below the poverty line in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(161806)
462
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of pensioners in (a) the UK, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) England living below the poverty line; and if he will make a statement.
(161807)
463
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of disabled children in (a) the UK, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) England living below the poverty line; and if he will make a statement.
(161808)
464
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of pensioners in (a) the UK, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) England were living below the poverty line in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(161809)
465
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of disabled children in (a) the UK, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) England were living below the poverty line in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(161811)
466
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's latest estimate is of the number of lone parents in (a) the UK, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) England living below the poverty line; and if he will make a statement.
(161812)
467
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central):To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of lone parents in (a) the UK, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) England were living below the poverty line in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(161815)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
468
N
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South):To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what value of tax allowances and incentives are applicable to the television broadcasting industry in the UK.
[Transferred] (161646)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
469
Mr Jim Hood (Lanark and Hamilton East):To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the criteria are for the inclusion on the sex offenders list in England and Wales.
[Transferred] (161852)

 
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