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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 5 December 2007

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Wednesday 5 December 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 5 December 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 5 December of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 5 December of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 5 December see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what (a) direct and (b) indirect expenditure has been incurred by One in (i) marketing the North East and (ii) offering a programme of assistance to move to the North East to workers from eastern Europe.
(172022)
2
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the effect on UK energy policy of the European Commission Communication on a European Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SET-Plan), COM (2007) 723, of 22nd November.
(171863)
3
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the budget is of each regional development agency for 2007-08; how much each has spent in each year since 1999; and how much was spent on (a) staffing and (b) administration by each in each year.
(171911)
4
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what discussions he has had with Post Office Ltd on the factors to be taken into account in setting the timetable for the Post Office Closure Consultation Programme; and if he will make a statement.
(171990)
5
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much has been paid by his Department and its predecessor in consultancy fees since (a) 1997 and (b) 2005-06.
(171993)
6
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the fulfilment by the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority of its statutory obligations under section 9(2)(a) of the Energy Act 2004 in relation to its dealings with the Harwell site.
(171819)
7
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what percentage of households in the North West were classified as living in fuel poverty in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(172063)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
8
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many 18 to 24 year olds were unemployed in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Chelmsford local authority area in each September from 2001 to 2007.
(170300)
9
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects HM Revenue and Customs to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 12th July on his constituent Mrs C. Irvine (Ref: 2007/07/002840).
(171774)
10
N
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 26th November 2007, Official Report, column 47W, on capital gains tax, if he will estimate the revenue implications of taxing capital gains at the same marginal rates as income tax, with indexation from April 2008.
(171466)
11
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will instigate an investigation into the sale of Northern Rock shares in relation to share price changes on the stock market.
(172035)
12
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions legal proceedings have been instigated against HM Revenue and Customs for alleged offences not directly related to assessing tax liabilities, administering the tax system or the collection of tax.
(171953)
13
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what occasions court proceedings, now completed, have been instigated against HM Revenue and Customs in the last three years.
(171976)
14
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of purchasing software that would enable all HM Revenue and Customs data to be encrypted.
(171798)
15
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) mean and (b) median values of stamp duty paid in (i) England, (ii) South East England and (iii) London by (A) first time buyers, (B) all other house purchasers and (C) all house purchasers were in the last 12 months.
(171800)
16
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to appoint the Governor of the Bank of England to a second term in office; and if he will make a statement.
(171921)
17
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons he decided not to sanction a public loan to facilitate the takeover of Northern Rock by Lloyds TSB; and if he will make a statement.
(171923)
18
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations were made to his Department by the Bank of England on (a) changing the system of bank deposit insurance and (b) strengthening the procedure for pre-emptive intervention in failing financial institutions between January 2005 and October 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(171924)
19
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps his Department is taking to meet the (a) 2010 and (b) 2020 child poverty targets; and if he will make a statement.
(172089)
20
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2007, Official Report, column 394W, on Members: correspondence, whether Treasury Ministers' written answers which cite earlier replies enclose hard copies of earlier replies, referred to as standard practice in the Answer of 26th November 2007, Official Report, column 1133W, on written questions.
(170725)
21
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects to reply to the letter of 21st August from the hon. Member for Weston-Super-Mare.
(171875)
22
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the rate of survival for each type of cancer was in each (a) constituency, (b) primary care trust area, (c) hospital trust area, (d) region and (e) social demographic group in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(171906)
23
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the incidence of cancer was in each (a) constituency, (b) primary care trust area, (c) hospital trust area, (d) region and (e) social demographic group in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(171907)
24
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the UK economy of VAT fraud in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(171860)
25
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) net and (b) gross (i) household and (ii) national savings rate was (A) quarterly and (B) annually in each year for which data is available.
(171918)
26
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average number of excess winter deaths in Macclesfield constituency was in each year between (a) 2000 and 2005; and how many there were in 2004-05.
(172064)
27
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of excess winter deaths were of pensioners in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(172127)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
28
N
Ann Coffey (Stockport): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) private and (b) local authority children's homes have been deregistered in each of the last 10 years; and what percentage of the total number of children's homes such deregistrations represented in each year.
(171554)
29
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of levels of literacy amongst school children in (a) England, (b) Teesside and (c) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(171765)
30
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department is taking to improve standards of literacy amongst school children; and if he will make a statement.
(171766)
31
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he plans to take to create an independent body to assess and report upon examination results and standards; and if he will make a statement.
(171925)
32
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the provisions of the Education and Skills Bill if enacted on the employment of young people aged 16 to 18 years; and if he will make a statement.
(171926)
33
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what sanctions may be applied to young people aged 16 to 18 years who fail to pay fines imposed as a consequence of not being in education or training at age 16 to 18 years under the Education and Skills Bill if enacted; and if he will make a statement.
(171927)
34
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether the duty on people aged 16 to 18 years to be in education and training under the Education and Skills Bill if enacted will apply to those who are (a) in prison, (b) in the armed forces, (c) parents, (d) in treatment for drug dependency, (e) severely disabled, (f) caring for a relative and (g) preparing to be professional sportsmen or women; and if he will make a statement.
(171928)
35
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many permanent exclusions there were from each academy in each year since 2002-03; how many there were in those schools in the year before academy status was granted; and if he will make a statement.
(172084)
36
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools have been categorised as (a) requiring significant improvement and (b) being in special measures in each term since May 1997; and which schools in each local authority were in each category at the latest date for which figures are available.
(172085)
37
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what freedom (a) academies and (b) other maintained schools have to set head teacher pay; what local authority approval over pay levels is required; and if he will make a statement.
(172086)
38
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, who the highest paid head teacher in a maintained school in England was at the most recent date for which figures are available.
(172087)
39
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his most recent estimate is of the proportion of children on free school meals in each academy; and what percentage were on free school meals in the predecessor schools in the two years before academy status was granted.
(172090)
40
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many Key Stage 2 pupils were in classes of 30 pupils or more in each year since 1996.
(172092)
41
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, for what targets his Department has sole or joint responsibility; what assessment he has made in each case of whether the target is being met; and if he will make a statement.
(172096)
42
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many times the National Council for Educational Excellence has met since June 2007; what recommendations it has produced; and if he will publish its (a) agendas and (b) conclusions.
(172097)
43
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many fixed period exclusions there were in secondary schools in each year from 2003-04 to 2007-08; what percentage of the school population this represented in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(172098)
44
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many fixed period exclusions there were of boys in each local authority aged (a) 12, (b) 13, (c) 14 and (d) 15 years in each year from 2001-02 to 2007-08; what proportion of the total school population this represented in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(172099)
45
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much deprivation-related school funding was (a) allocated by his Department and (b) passed on by local authorities in each local authority area in the latest year for which information is available.
(172101)
46
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the difference has been in GCSE performance in inner London local authority areas and the rest of England since 1997-98; and if he will make a statement.
(172102)
47
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will rank local authorities by (a) percentage change in real spending on education and (b) percentage improvement in five A*-C GCSE results since 1997-98.
(172105)
48
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many academies do not follow national curriculum programmes of study in (a) English, (b) mathematics, (c) science and (d) ICT; and if he will make a statement.
(172106)
49
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which academies (a) are and (b) will be sponsored or co-sponsored by universities; and if he will make a statement.
(172109)
50
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his most recent estimate is of the number of academies there will be between 2007-08 and 2020-21.
(172110)
51
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what target he has set for the number of schools which should have kitchens with cooking facilities; and if he will make a statement.
(172111)
52
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of each local authority's likely total spending on the Building Schools for the Future programme; what the timetable of the programme is in each authority; and if he will make a statement.
(172112)
53
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what education spending in England as a proportion of gross domestic product was in each year since 1996-97, expressed to two decimal places; what estimate he has made of the equivalent proportions in each year until 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.
(172115)
54
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the level of take-up of school meals in secondary schools was since September 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(172120)
55
N
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he plans to publish the report commissioned by his Department on the Integrated Children's System: An Evaluation of the Practice, Process and Consequences of the ICS in CSSRs; and when his Department received the report.
(171705)
56
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer of 19th November 2007, Official Report, column 629W, on education maintenance allowance, when he expects a copy of the Learning and Skills Council's analysis of the effect of the Education Maintenance Allowance Scheme to be placed in the Library.
(172119)
57
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children are in care outside their home local authority area.
(169790)
58
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on international comparisons of literacy at age 11 years.
(169791)
59
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was paid in consultancy fees by his Department and its predecessors in each year since 1997.
(171996)
60
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the rate of unauthorised absence was of 15 to 16 year olds in the latest period for which figures are available.
(172057)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
61
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much was paid in consultancy fees by his Department in each year since 1997.
(172083)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
62
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding was made available to local authorities for sheltered accommodation with a residential warden in each of the last five years.
(172020)
63
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Government's policy is on (a) the removal of residential wardens and (b) replacement of residential wardens by mobile wardens in relation to sheltered accommodation.
(172021)
64
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether consideration has been given to establishing wardens to co-ordinate between local communities and the emergency services in the event of a civil disaster.
(172058)
65
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consideration has been given to amending (a) planning statements, (b) local development frameworks and (c) regional spatial strategies to prevent houses being built on a flood plain.
(172066)
66
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many property demolitions funded by the Bridging Newcastle Gateshead Pathfinder there were in each electoral ward up to 31st October; and how many such properties were previously owner-occupied.
(172030)
67
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of first-time buyers in (a) London, (b) the South East and (c) England took out a mortgage on a home to the value of (i) 100 per cent., (ii) 90 per cent., and (iii) 80 per cent. of the value of the property in (A) 1997, (B) 2000, (C) 2003 and (D) 2006.
(171807)
68
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of first-time buyers in (a) London, (b) the South East and (c) England took out a mortgage with a repayment schedule expected to last more than (i) 20, (ii) 25, (iii) 30, (iv) 35, (v) 40 and (vi) 60 years in (A) 1997, (B) 2000, (C) 2003 and (D) 2006.
(171820)
69
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 22nd November 2007, Official Report, columns 140-2WS, on home information packs, which 85 local authorities have reduced their charges for average property searches by £30 on average as a result of the introduction of home information packs.
(172073)
70
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether any local housing authorities have informed her Department that they will not be able to achieve the decent home standard by 2010.
(171957)
71
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local housing authorities are on target to meet the decent home standard by 2010.
(171959)
72
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the latest comprehensive performance assessment rating and direction of travel of Hammersmith and Fulham Council is; and what period it covers.
(171893)
73
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what percentage of dwellings in the North West have failed the thermal comfort test rating.
(172061)
74
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average Standard Assessment Procedure rating is for dwellings in the North West.
(172062)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
75
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he expects to respond to the letter from the hon. Member for West Chelmsford of 16th August on his constituent, Mr C Metcalf (Ref. 79811); and what the reasons are for the time taken to reply.
(171776)
76
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the highest award is that the Arts Council for England granted to an amateur operatic society in each of the last five years.
(171919)
77
Jeff Ennis (Barnsley East & Mexborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much grant aid Arts Council England awarded to the Wombwell and District Amateur Operatic Society in each of the last five years.
(171920)
78
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many visitors came to the UK from (a) China, (b) India, (c) America, (d) Australia and (e) Europe in each of the last five years.
(171674)
79
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate his Department has made of the number of people who regularly undertook (a) recreational walking, (b) recreational cycling and (c) yoga in each of the last five years.
(171675)
80
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent estimate his Department has made of the UK's market share of the international tourism industry in each of the last 10 years.
(171676)
81
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by (a) his Department, (b) regional development agencies and (c) local authorities on marketing the UK as a tourist destination in each of the last three years.
(171677)
82
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the likely effect the London 2012 Olympic Games will have on levels of participation in physical activity; and over what period.
(172078)
83
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the likely effect the London 2012 Olympic Games will have on levels of participation in cultural activities; and over what period.
(172079)
84
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much he expects the private sector to contribute to the Olympics Legacy Trust.
(172080)
85
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of Olympics Legacy Trust funding will be spent on (a) cultural activities and (b) sporting activities.
(172081)
86
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the likely effect the London 2012 Olympic Games will have on levels of participation in voluntary work.
(172082)
87
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of levels of corruption in football; and if he will make a statement.
(171954)
88
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the comments of the Minister of State on 26th November 2007, Official Report, column 121, on the Union Flag, when the Government plans to make a decision on the re-design of the Union Flag under consideration.
(171727)
89
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was paid in consultancy fees by his Department in each year since 1997.
(172076)
90
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was paid to museums sponsored by his Department in each year since the introduction of free admission in 2007-08 prices.
(171783)
91
Mr Edward Vaizey (Wantage): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his Answer to the hon. Member for South West Surrey of 23rd October 2007, Official Report, columns 204-6W, on arts: finance, how the total figures allocated for spending on (a) the arts and (b) heritage by his Department are calculated.
(171784)
92
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will provide a breakdown of the £350 million spent by Government annually on supporting tourism, with reference to his evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Commitee on 25th October 2007.
(171956)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
93
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons contract amendments relating to equipment acquisition programmes are proposed by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(171826)
94
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value of private sector funds pledged by contractors for each equipment acquisition programme audited by the National Audit Office and reported on in major projects reports published since 2001 is as a percentage of the contract price.
(171827)
95
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, under what circumstances he would require would-be contractors to spend their own or third party funds on advancing the development of new equipment for the armed forces; how this requirement is conveyed to contractors; and if he will make a statement.
(171828)
96
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) contract amendments and (b) post design services contracts were awarded by his Department post main gate for each equipment acquisition programme worth over £100 million audited by the National Audit Office and reported on in major projects reports published since 2001; and what their value was expressed as a percentage of the contract price agreed at main gate.
(171829)
97
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reasons post design services contracts as they relate to equipment acquisition programmes are awarded by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(171830)
98
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 29th October 2007, Official Report, columns 959-60W, on defence: procurement, what proportion of offer prices quoted by contractors on (a) equipment programmes worth more than £100 million and (b) other programmes were within (i) 10 per cent., (ii) six per cent. and (iii) two per cent. of the corresponding expenditure figure advertised as a guide to suppliers within the MoD Defence Contractors Bulletin value banding information or elsewhere by his Department in the last period for which figures are available; what proportion of offer prices were greater than the guide figures; and what mechanisms are in place to ensure price competitiveness in the procurement process.
(172003)
99
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd December 2007, Official Report, column 840W, on Iraq conflict: legal opinion, whether such advice was commissioned using resources from the public purse.
(172004)
100
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether armed forces chiefs receive allowances for the commissioning of legal advice.
(172005)
101
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what legal advice is available to armed forces chiefs for official purposes; and whether such advice was sought before the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
(172006)
102
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2007, Official Report, column 577W, on Bosnia: peacekeeping operations, if he will define the meaning of the phrase prejudice international relations between the United Kingdom and the European Union as it applies in the Answer.
(171890)
103
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what reports his Department has produced since 2003 on the effects combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan have had on equipment readiness; and if he will place in the Library a copy of each report.
(171895)
104
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on repairing (a) armoured vehicles, (b) aircraft, (c) helicopters and (d) weapons systems damaged in use in Iraq and Afghanistan in each year since 2003-04; and if he will make a statement.
(171896)
105
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) armoured vehicles, (b) aircraft, (c) helicopters and (d) weapons systems of each type have been removed from service as a result of battle damage in Iraq and Afghanistan.
(171897)
106
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) armoured vehicles, (b) aircraft, (c) helicopters and (d) weapons systems have been made non-operable as a result of combat in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2003.
(171898)
107
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which out-of-service dates for (a) armoured vehicles, (b) aircraft, (c) helicopters and (d) weapons systems will change as a result of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(171900)
108
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what fuel with additives is being used for light (a) class, (b) class wheeled and (c) class platform vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan; who is contracted to supply such fuel; what effect use of this fuel has had on fuel costs; how many engine breakdowns and write-offs have occurred attributed to use of such fuel in 2007; and what the cost of repairs and replacements arising has been.
(171773)
109
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) members of ethnic minorities and (b) women were serving in the armed forces in each of the last 10 years.
(171853)
110
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more (a) women and (b) members of ethnic minorities to join the armed forces.
(171854)
111
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect of the reductions in his Department's housing budget on the standards of accommodation provided to service personnel.
(171967)
112
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for what reason no Minister was present for the launching of HMS Diamond on 27th November 2007.
(170726)
113
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 19th November 2007, Official Report, column 479W, on departmental written questions, if he will change his policy on this matter in the light of the Answer of 26th November 2007, Official Report, column 133W, on written questions.
(170727)
114
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has to provide military advisers to the Lebanese armed forces to improve their defence capabilities.
(171802)
115
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was paid in consultancy fees by his Department in each year since 1997.
(171995)
116
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average cost was of providing a 24-hour ration pack in 2006-07.
(172032)
117
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average daily food cost was for non-commissioned ranks on non-operational duty in 2006-07.
(172038)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
118
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will bring forward proposals to regulate the halal slaughter industry in order to assist the identification of such produce throughout the wholesale process.
(171938)
119
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many officials are travelling to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Bali; and what estimate he has made of the (a) cost and (b) volume of carbon dioxide produced by their flights.
(172017)
120
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consideration he gave to minimising carbon dioxide emissions in the organisation of the UN Climate Change Conference in Bali; and whether consideration was given to replacing the Conference with multi-lateral conference calls.
(172018)
121
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings he had with the Secretary of State for Transport on the expansion of Heathrow Airport before the publication of responses to the consultation on the subject.
(171801)
122
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department provides guidance to local authorities on standards of flood proofing for private properties; and if he will make a statement.
(171964)
123
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received on the likely effect of funding reductions for inland waterways on tourism; and if he will make a statement.
(171965)
124
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to extend funding under the Bellwin Scheme for areas affected by the flooding in Summer 2007 beyond 25th December.
(172019)
125
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which 20 areas are most at risk of flooding; and which region each is in.
(172067)
126
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate has been made of the number of energy installations at risk of flooding.
(172068)
127
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent representations he has received on insurance industries offering home insurance to new developments built against Environment Agency advice.
(172069)
128
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the safety of dams in the event of flooding.
(172070)
129
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has held with the insurance industry on the affordability of insurance for properties at risk of flooding.
(172071)
130
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what side effects have been identified of the use of active vaccines for bluetongue virus.
(171865)
131
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on side effects of active vaccines for bluetongue virus.
(171866)
132
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what restrictions could be imposed by the Food Standards Agency in relation to vaccinated animals intended for human consumption if active vaccines are used during a bluetongue outbreak.
(171912)
133
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) new farms confirmed bluetongue infection and (b) farms were declared free of bluetongue in each of the last four weeks.
(171914)
134
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what criteria will be used to determine whether the bluetongue outbreak warrants the use of vaccinations.
(171915)
135
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when a vaccination programme for bluetongue would be able to start; and which areas would have priority.
(171916)
136
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to implement a bluetongue vaccination programme.
(171917)
137
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Government allocated to research and development of inactive bluetongue vaccines in each of the last three years; and how much has been allocated for research in each of then next three years.
(171985)
138
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of individual vaccines required to control the outbreak of bluetongue at present levels of infection; and to which animals the vaccines would be applied.
(171986)
139
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the current cost is of individual vaccinations against bluetongue; how widely available the vaccine is; and if he will make a statement.
(171987)
140
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has considered taking to introduce clearer labels and guidance on poultry meat for consumers; and if he will make a statement.
(171072)
141
N
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received on animal welfare problems associated with intensive broiler chicken production; and if he will make a statement.
(171073)
142
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was paid by his Department in consultancy fees in each year since 2004-05.
(171874)
143
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was paid in consultancy fees by (a) the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and (b) the Department for the Environment, Transport and the Regions between 1997 and 8th June 2001.
(172075)
144
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much he allocated to Herefordshire Council for animal health purposes in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(172023)
145
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has received any representations on amending or reforming the main concordat with the Welsh Assembly Government on fishing; and if he will make a statement.
(172024)
146
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to change the main concordat with the Welsh Assembly Government on fishing; and if he will make a statement.
(172025)
147
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to discuss changes to the main concordat with the Scottish Executive on fishing; and if he will make a statement.
(172026)
148
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress is being made on finalising the draft operational programme on the Fisheries Fund for submission to the European Commission; and when he expects it to be submitted.
(172027)
149
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to implement a Quota Management Change Programme without Scotland's participation; and if he will make a statement.
(172039)
150
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on the timing of its proposals on managing Scottish quota; and if he will make a statement.
(172040)
151
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will commission research on attitudes to regulation and compliance in the English seafood industry.
(172052)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
152
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance he is giving to the Hurndall family in their representations to the Israeli Government of the case of the killing of Tom Hurndall and the subsequent conviction of an Israeli soldier.
(171869)
153
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the Turkmenistan authorities on freeing people imprisoned for acts of peaceful political dissent.
(171931)
154
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the Turkmenistan authorities on allowing independent international monitors free access to places of detention and detainees.
(171932)
155
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the Turkmenistan government on that country's use of foreign travel restrictions.
(171933)
156
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations his Department has made to the Iranian government on child executions in Iran.
(171934)
157
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd November 2007, Official Report, columns 1039-40W, on Iraq: oil, whether he takes into account maximising the revenues for central government in Iraq when urging Iraqi ministers and officials to consider the benefit of a broad range of contract types.
(172028)
158
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the removal of settlements on the West Bank; and if he will make a statement.
(172015)
159
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the Government's policy is on the closure of Gaza's borders; and if he will make a statement.
(172016)
160
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will seek to change international law to prevent whaling being undertaken under the guise of scientific research.
(171768)
161
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the government of Israel on their refusal last month of permission to Raji Sourani, Director of the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, to travel to meet Tony Blair.
(170722)
162
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he plans to take to try to increase the amount of UN humanitarian aid in food and medicines being made available to the people of Gaza.
(170723)
163
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he has taken to press for more people, food and medicines to be enabled on humanitarian grounds to pass through the crossing points out of and into Gaza.
(170724)
164
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of negotiations between Russia and the Ukraine on the price of gas; and if he will make a statement.
(171883)
165
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much was paid in consultancy fees by his Department in each year since 1997.
(171992)
166
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he last met representatives of the Saudi Arabian government; and if he will make a statement.
(171879)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
167
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data his Department collects on pregnancies in England.
(171935)
168
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of treating premature babies in the immediate post-natal period was in each of the last 10 years.
(171936)
169
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the contribution which will be made by medical research to achieving the Government's public service agreement 2010 target to reduce infant mortality.
(171937)
170
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to improve the (a) prediction and (b) prevention of premature births.
(171939)
171
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether there are plans to review the Commission for Social Care Inspection's current practice of referring complaints from members of the public about a care provider back to the provider; how many complaints about a provider of care services are required before an inspection is triggered; and what assessment he has made of any changes in the role of the Commission for Social Care Inspection.
(172053)
172
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Commission for Social Care Inspection is required to undertake a new inspection of a care home when the registered manager of a care provider changes.
(172054)
173
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many adult protection referrals have taken place in each local authority in England, broken down by the assessment level of the provider involved.
(172104)
174
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many providers of adult social care services are regulated by the Commission for Social Care Inspection; and what proportion of all providers of adult social care services regulated by the Commission for Social Care Inspection have had their assessment level changed from 3 to 1 as a result of an inspection since 1st April 2006.
(172107)
175
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) role is performed by and (b) action is required from the Commission for Social Care Inspection when a local authority notifies it of an adult protection case.
(172108)
176
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the results of the Commission for Social Care Inspection's 2007 employee survey.
(172113)
177
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what equality impact assessments have been carried out by the Commission for Social Care Inspection of (a) its estates strategy and (b) the restructuring and headcount reduction programme for 2007-08; what the main findings were of those assessments; and what steps have been taken by the Commission for Social Care Inspection management in response.
(172114)
178
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the Commission for Social Care Inspection's total budget was spent on publications and marketing in the last period for which figures are available.
(172116)
179
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much and what proportion of the Commission for Social Care Inspection's payroll budget was spent on agency staff in the last 12 months; and what proportion of the Commission's spending on agency staff was accounted for by agency fees.
(172117)
180
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the inspections carried out by the Commission for Social Care Inspection in the last 12 months were carried out by locum inspectors; and what training is received by locum inspectors from the Commission for Social Care Inspection before they are deployed.
(172118)
181
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department has considered evidence from Denmark on the health effects of trans fats.
(172034)
182
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the central NHS commissioners to agree to meet the hon. Member for Newcastle upon Tyne Central to discuss the hours of operation of CARE UK's Newcastle Central Walk-in Centre.
(172002)
183
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the percentage of old age pensioners who receive an influenza vaccine.
(170092)
184
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the outcome was of the most recent mental health needs assessment in each prison establishment.
(171955)
185
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent by the Government on mental health services in prison in each year since 1997.
(171977)
186
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance he has issued on NHS hospitals levying car parking charges on disabled parking bays; and if he will make a statement.
(171867)
187
Daniel Kawczynski (Shrewsbury & Atcham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS hospital trusts in England charge patients and visitors who are disabled badge holders for parking at their hospitals.
(171887)
188
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the regulation of advertising of unhealthy food to children; and if he will make a statement.
(171767)
189
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people on low incomes are eligible for free prescriptions in (a) Teesside and (b) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland; and whether he plans to increase uptake.
(171778)
190
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to raise patients' awareness of prescription prepayment certificates.
(171779)
191
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to provide free prescriptions for people with cancer in England.
(171780)
192
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking with health professionals to reduce the numbers of people on incapacity benefit for conditions such as anxiety and depression.
(171851)
193
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of co-operation between GPs and employers in assisting people with long-term mental health conditions.
(171852)
194
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the NHS plans to use stereo mammography as a means of detecting breast cancer.
(171857)
195
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals in (a) England and (b) Teesside follow his Department's guidance on providing car parking concessions for patients travelling regularly for treatment; and what steps he has taken in relation to hospitals which do not follow the guidance.
(171966)
196
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual budget of the (a) Healthcare Commission and (b) Commission for Social Care Inspection have been over the last five years.
(171667)
197
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the annual budget will be for the new health and social care regulator in its first year of operation.
(171668)
198
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the projected (a) cost and (b) timescale is for carrying out the merger of the Healthcare Commission and the Commission for Social Care Inspection.
(171669)
199
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) redundancies and (b) early retirements have been made as a result of the merger of the Healthcare Commission and the Commission for Social Care Inspection; and how many are planned.
(171670)
200
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which parts of the inspection process will be merged as a result of the merger of the Healthcare Commission and the Commission for Social Care Inspection; and what the intended benefits are for patients.
(171671)
201
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what he expects the competition ratio for training posts for registrar group doctors in each (a) region and (b) specialty to be in 2008.
(171929)
202
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were prescribed drugs for (a) depression, (b) behaviour control/management and (c) mental health problems in each year since 1980-81; at what total cost in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(172093)
203
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many prescriptions were made for children aged (a) under 16 and (b) 16 to 18 years in full time education for (i) antidepressants, (ii) stimulants and (iii) drugs for (A) attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and (B) psychoses and related disorders in each year since 1990-91; at what cost in each year to the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(172094)
204
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many hospitals with above average levels of infection of (a) MRSA and (b) clostridium difficile have (i) gained and (ii) retained foundation status.
(171913)
205
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what manual systems are being used by primary care trusts (PCTs) to support the Child Health Interim Applications (CHIA) system; and whether PCTs using the CHIA system are able to issue COVER reports.
(171770)
206
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on services from Deloitte and Touche in each of the last 12 months; and on which of his Department's (a) programmes and (b) areas of work Deloitte has provided consultancy services in that period.
(171771)
207
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish lists of hospitals recommended for top-ups above the national tariff provided to him by each strategic health authority in the last three months.
(171772)
208
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what mechanisms are used by GPs to identify children who are due for immunisation and who have not received it.
(171808)
209
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts (PCTs) in London use the Child Health Interim Applications system; and what other systems are used for the same purpose in each other London PCT.
(171809)
210
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons (a) Blackburn with Darwen Primary Care Trust, (b) East Lancashire Primary Care Trust and (c) Milton Keynes Primary Care Trust did not submit COVER reports in the second quarter of 2007; and when each primary care trust (i) last submitted a COVER report and (ii) will next submit a COVER report.
(171810)
211
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the Richs system was replaced by the Child Health Interim Application (CHIA) system; what functionality the CHIA system has that the Richs system did not; and what additional functionality the RiO system will have in comparison with to (a) the CHIA system and (b) the Richs system.
(171811)
212
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who is responsible for ensuring that children in (a) England, (b) London and (c) primary care trusts using the Child Health Interim Application system receive vaccinations.
(171812)
213
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons London primary care trusts were not able to move directly from the Richs system to the RiO system.
(171813)
214
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what Child Health Application systems primary care trusts are using in the (a) North, (b) Midlands, (c) East and (d) Southern local service provider area.
(171814)
215
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to (a) central Government and (b) primary care trusts was of (i) the Child Health Interim Application system and (ii) RiO in the last 12 months.
(171815)
216
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what statutory responsibilities (a) the NHS and (b) Government bodies have for vaccination programmes for children in England.
(171816)
217
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what responsibility general practitioners have to inform parents and guardians that children are due for vaccination.
(171817)
218
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the risks to the health of children in London from the level of performance of the Child Health Interim Application system.
(171818)
219
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children in London are covered by primary care trusts using the Child Health Interim Application system; and how many of those have (a) received on time, (b) received late and (c) not received the vaccinations they are due.
(171821)
220
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish copies of (a) correspondence with members of the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisation (JCVI) on Connecting for Health and (b) minutes of JCVI meetings at which Connecting for Health was discussed in the last 18 months.
(171822)
221
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change there has been in the incidence of (a) diphtheria, (b) tetanus, (c) pertussis, (d) haemophilus influenza type b, (e) polio, (f) meningitis C, (g) measles, (h) mumps, (i) rubella and (j) acellular pertussis amongst children in London in the last two years.
(171823)
222
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what concerns about the electronic care record system have been (a) communicated to him and (b) raised by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation.
(171824)
223
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts use manual processes alongside their child health applications; and what those processes are.
(171825)
224
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 25th July 2006, Official Report, column 1202W, on child health interim application (CHIA), for what reasons Connecting for Health and the London Strategic Health Authority have not produced reports from the raw data within CHIA for the COVER quarterly and annual returns.
(171885)
225
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 14th December 2006, Official Report, column 1351W, on the Child Health Interim Application, whether the catch up exercise has been completed; if he will place in the Library the options report; what updates his Ministers received at the end of January 2007; when the National Child Health Immunisation Board last met; and if he will make available the minutes of its meetings.
(171973)
226
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 8th January 2007, Official Report, column 24W, on the Child Health Interim Application, what software was provided to enable primary care trusts to generate COVER reports from the live system; and when it was provided.
(171984)
227
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2007, Official Report, column 714W, on doctors: housing, which elements of the consultation between 1st October and 31st January referred (a) directly and (b) indirectly to the changes to the arrangements for accommodation for junior doctors.
(172007)
228
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2007, Official Report, column 714W, on doctors: housing, if he will make available the minutes of the meetings with the Junior Doctors Committee on the provision of accommodation.
(172008)
229
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2007, Official Report, column 714W, on doctors: housing, whether the Junior Doctors Committee supported the removal of free accommodation from junior doctors.
(172009)
230
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2007, Official Report, column 714W, on doctors: housing, if he will place in the Library the relevant sections of the guidance within the Terms and Conditions for Employment for Junior Doctors on the application of charges for accommodation provided through hospital channels.
(172010)
231
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2007, Official Report, column 714W, on doctors: housing, when the guidance within the terms and conditions for employment for junior doctors on the application of charges for accommodation provided through hospital channels was last updated.
(172011)
232
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2007, Official Report, column 714W, on doctors: housing, whether he plans to issue new guidance on accommodation for doctors not covered by existing contractual provisions.
(172012)
233
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) estimate he has made of and (b) research he has (i) commissioned and (ii) evaluated on the number of patients who have had adverse reactions to medicines due to (A) prescription and (B) use after the use-by date; and if he will make a statement.
(171910)
234
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what means his Department plans to extend the NHS breast cancer screening programme to all women aged 47 to 73 years by 2012.
(171894)
235
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the reasons are for the ages of people to whom the (a) breast cancer and (b) bowel cancer screening programmes apply.
(171901)
236
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the likely effects of lowering the entry level age of the breast cancer screening programme.
(171902)
237
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the NHS Cancer Reform Strategy is expected to improve cancer detection in primary care.
(171903)
238
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what mechanism the additional £200 million allocated for increased radiotherapy capacity under the new NHS Cancer Reform Stategy will be allocated to individual (a) primary care trusts and (b) hospitals.
(171904)
239
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what means the NHS Cancer Reform Strategy will address inequalities between regions in cancer (a) diagnosis, (b) treatment and (c) survival rates.
(171905)
240
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will use the £370 million planned expenditure under the NHS Cancer Reform Strategy to provide additional funding to those primary care trusts where incidences of cancer are highest.
(171908)
241
Mr Jamie Reed (Copeland): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what mechanisms the additional £370 million expenditure under the NHS Cancer Reform Strategy will be allocated.
(171909)
242
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the estimated NHS underspend is likely to be in 2007-08; and if he will make it his policy not to transfer funds from parts of the NHS in budget surplus to other parts as a means of addressing this underspend.
(171673)
243
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average cost of food was per day per patient in an NHS hospital in 2006-07.
(172031)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
244
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the average amount of time police officers in the Essex central area spent on street patrols in the latest period for which figures are available.
(171775)
245
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what requests were made to her Department under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000 in each of the last two years; and what the (a) FOI case reference number, (b) request summary, (c) request outcome and (d) where appropriate, reason for exemption was in each case.
(171782)
246
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of passports were renewed more than a year before the expiry date in the latest period for which figures are available.
(171876)
247
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost of using (a) three separate databases for the identity card project and (b) creating a single database.
(171877)
248
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate has been made of the cost of including iris biometrics in passports and identity cards.
(171878)
249
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, to what the annual volume of products issued in table 4 of the November 2007 identity cost report refers; and whether a joint identity card and passport is counted as one product.
(171886)
250
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the reason was for the reduction in the forecast of future passport volumes in the November 2007 identity cards cost report; and for what reasons her Department expects customers to delay passport renewals.
(171888)
251
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken to protect individuals in the event of a data breach of the National Identity Register.
(171889)
252
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20th November 2007, Official Report, column 678W, on identity cards: costs, why the estimate of passports issued in 2007-08 is different from the estimate listed in the last row of table 4 of the November 2007 identity card cost report.
(171891)
253
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time equivalent police officers there were per recorded incident of (a) rape, (b) homicide and (c) violence against the person in each London borough in each year since 1997.
(171789)
254
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the relationship between (a) recorded and (b) estimated actual levels of (i) violence against the person, (ii) rape, (iii) personal robbery, (iv) commercial robbery, (v) residential burglary, (vi) non-residential burglary, (vii) gun-related crime, (viii) motor vehicle crime, (ix) domestic crime and (x) racial crime in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(171930)
255
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14th November 2007, Official Report, columns 306-7W, on immobilisations of vehicles, if her Department will strengthen regulation of wheel clampers on private land in 2008; and if she will make a statement.
(171109)
256
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to reduce excessive consumption of alcohol amongst people under 21 years of age.
(171769)
257
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Border and Immigration Agency will provide a substantive reply to the letter of 14th September 2007 from the hon. Member for Aylesbury, reference L1123626 and B25881/7, about Mr D.L. of Aylesbury.
(171368)
258
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what monitoring her Department conducts of the number of foreign nationals residing in Northern Ireland; and what steps she is taking to tackle illegal immigration in Northern Ireland.
(171786)
259
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of illegal firearms held in England and Wales; and if she will make a statement.
(171991)
260
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much was paid in consultancy fees by her Department in each year since 1997.
(171994)
261
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether a Criminal Records Bureau check would return information on whether an individual's DNA was stored on the DNA database.
(172033)
262
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent in preparation for and on development of the Government's identity card scheme.
(172036)
263
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons rejected for clearance to study proliferation-sensitive subjects under the voluntary vetting scheme were deported in each year since 1997.
(171855)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
264
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much has been paid by his Department in consultancy fees since its establishment.
(171892)
265
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the basis was for his calculation that the economic benefits of increasing the compulsory education age to 18 years was £2.4 billion per birth cohort; and if he will place in the Library the documentary sources used to make the calculation.
(171859)
266
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of employers who will have to take on apprentices in order to meet the Government's target for apprenticeships in 2020.
(171862)
267
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many (a) apprenticeship and (b) advanced apprenticeship places he plans to provide in each year to 2020.
(171864)
268
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much his Department has spent on taxis since establishment.
(171870)
269
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much his Department has spent on refreshments for meetings since establishment; and at what cost per meeting.
(171871)
270
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many public service agreement targets his Department has; and of these, how many are targets shared with another Department.
(171872)
271
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, which level (a) 2, (b) 3 and (c) 4 courses were completed by prisoners in each institution in each year since 1997.
(171968)
272
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what guidance has been issued to further education colleges on fee payments for courses by persons claiming income support; and what steps have been taken to enforce the rules on fee exemptions.
(171969)
273
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the budget was for education in prisons in each year since 1997.
(171971)
274
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many (a) apprenticeships and (b) advanced apprenticeship places were (i) provided, (ii) filled and (iii) completed in England for those years for which data is available.
(171988)
275
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was spent on average per skills for life course place in each year since 2003; and what the equivalent figure is expected to be in each year to 2011.
(171989)
276
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the (a) cost and (b) average response time for answering parliamentary questions was for his Department in the last parliamentary session.
(172072)
277
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what percentage of degrees awarded in science, technology, engineering or mathematics were awarded as equivalent or lower-level qualifications in the last 10 years.
(171961)
278
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many students in higher education studying for a science, technology, engineering or mathematics degree were pursuing equivalent or lower-level qualifications in the last 10 years.
(171962)
279
Mr Rob Wilson (Reading East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the excepted courses are which are mentioned in his letter of 7th September 2007 to the Chairman of the Higher Education Funding Council for England.
(171963)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
280
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what development projects his Department has sponsored in the Papua region of Indonesia; and what their budgets are for (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.
(172056)
281
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much development assistance he has been provided to (a) the people of, (b) NGOs working in and (c) the government of Sudan in the last 12 months.
(171958)
282
Mr Lee Scott (Ilford North): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what currency transactions over the value of £25,000 have been made by his Department involving changing pounds sterling into local currency in Ethiopia in the last six months.
(171960)
283
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much was paid in consultancy fees by his Department in each year since 1997.
(171998)
284
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much aid was given to Sudan in each of the last five years; what conditions were attached to the aid provided; and if he will make a statement.
(172037)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
285
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14th November 2007, Official Report, column 295W, on reoffenders, how much was spent on approved premises in each of the last five years.
(171868)
286
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent discussions have taken place between those responsible for the DORE programme and the Prison Service.
(171974)
287
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to extend the programme of the DORE achievement centres and the Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Attention Deficit Disorder treatment programme within Stafford Prison to other prisons.
(171975)
288
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prisons and (b) young offenders' institutions receive funding for community mental health and reach teams to provide services for prisoners with severe mental health problems.
(171983)
289
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 28th November 2007, Official Report, columns 486-7W, on prisoners: video games, what criteria and guidance the Government issues to prohibit prisoners from accessing computer games which may have extreme violent, racist of sexually inappropriate themes; which games have been banned from prisons under these criteria; and if he will make a statement.
(172055)
290
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many case conclusions involving recordable offences have so far been identified as not having been placed on the Police National Computer in (a) Leeds and (b) England and Wales.
(171703)
291
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Leeds Magistrates' Court employees (a) have been and (b) are the subject of disciplinary proceedings related to the (i) recording of outcomes of cases, (ii) updating of the Police National Computer and (iii) withdrawal of warrants; when such disciplinary proceedings began; and what the outcomes were of those proceedings which have been completed.
(171704)
292
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 29th November 2007, Official Report, columns 44-46WS, on Leeds Magistrates' Court, in what ways the Government's 2006 guidance was breached in those cases where a warrant was withdrawn in error.
(171706)
293
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many defendants due to come before Leeds Magistrates' Court have been identified as having had warrants wrongly withdrawn.
(171728)
294
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been paid in consultancy fees by his Department since its establishment.
(172077)
295
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was paid in consultancy fees by the Lord Chancellor's Department from 1997 to 2000-01.
(172100)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
296
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many paramilitary-style assaults took place in Northern Ireland in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available, broken down by group deemed responsible.
(172103)
297
Mrs Iris Robinson (Strangford): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many 999 calls were received by the Police Service of Northern Ireland (a) in the year before the introduction of their non-emergency 0854 600 8000 number and (b) between November 2006 and October 2007.
(171785)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
298
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what discussions she has had with the Olympic Delivery Authority on reducing the carbon footprint of the 2012 Olympic Games.
(172013)
299
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what the difference is in the carbon footprint of the original plans for portable facilities for the Olympic Games and the proposed single permanent venue at ExCel.
(172014)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
300
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much was paid in consultancy fees by his Department in each year since its establishment.
(171999)
Questions to the Solicitor General
301
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Solicitor General, with reference to the Answer of 23rd April 2007, Official Report, column 867W, on frigates: Romania, what the status is of the investigation.
(172029)
302
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Solicitor General, what the conviction rates for rape were in the most recent period for which figures are available; what assessment she has made of the likely effect of the Government's proposals to change the handling of rape cases on conviction rates; and if she will make a statement.
(171856)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
303
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the gross (a) assets and (b) liabilities of Transport for London are; and what they were before Metronet entered into administration.
(171787)
304
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the likely economic effects of the proposed expansion of Heathrow on (a) BAA airlines and aviation-related industries, (b) businesses working on the expansion of the airport, (c) London residents and (d) people outside London.
(171790)
305
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimates she has made of the likely mean (a) nitrogen dioxide and (b) aircraft noise levels in each London borough under each of the proposed third runway scenarios in (i) 2015, (ii) 2020 and (iii) 2030; and what equivalent estimates she has made if levels of nitrogen dioxide emissions and noise from aircraft remain at average 2007 levels.
(171791)
306
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the mean (a) nitrogen dioxide, (b) PM10 and (c) aircraft noise levels were in each London borough in (i) 2000 and (ii) the last year for which figures are available.
(171792)
307
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the likely effect on (a) emissions of all major pollutants and (b) noise of (i) the realignment of the M4 spur to the east, (ii) the proposed reconfiguration of local roads and (iii) the A4 passing in a tunnel under the taxiways linking the existing airport to the new runway and terminal as suggested in the consultation on Heathrow expansion.
(171795)
308
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the number of people who would experience an increase in (a) emissions of all major pollutants and (b) noise due to (i) the realignment of the M4 spur to the east, (ii) the proposed reconfiguration of local roads and (iii) the A4 passing in a tunnel under the taxiways linking the existing airport to the new runway and terminal as suggested in the consultation on Heathrow expansion.
(171796)
309
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what level of noise according to the findings of the most recent Attitudes to Noise from Aviation Survey in England (ANASE) report would create the same level of community annoyance as 57dBA was reported to have created in the 1986 ANASE report.
(171803)
310
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the proposed Heathrow expansion would result in an increase in the number of night flights.
(171804)
311
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many people in London live in an area of more than (a) 50, (b) 52, (c) 54, (d) 56, (e) 58, (f) 60, (g) 62, (h) 63, (i) 66, (j) 69, (k) 70 and (l) 72 dBA arising from aircraft noise.
(171805)
312
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the number of people in London who would live in an area with more than (a) 50, (b) 52, (c) 54, (d) 56, (e) 58, (f) 60, (g) 62, (h) 63, (i) 66, (j) 69, (k) 70 and (l) 72 dBA as a consequence of aircraft noise under each of the Heathrow runway options in (i) 2015, (ii) 2020 and (iii) 2030.
(171806)
313
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what Transport for London's liabilities net of assets are; what they are expected to be in each year to 2015; and how much of the liability in each year is expected to arise from the administration of Metronet.
(171970)
314
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2007 to the hon. Member for Chipping Barnet, Official Report, columns 605-6W, on Transport for London: finance, what assessment she has made of the effect on the grant and borrowing totals in each year of the entry of Metronet into administration.
(172074)
315
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will take steps to encourage local authorities and businesses to install charging points for electric vehicles.
(171777)
316
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether her Department is on course to meet the commitment in the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate targets (a) to source at least 10 per cent. of its electricity from renewables by 31st March 2008 and (b) to increase recycling figures to 40 per cent. of waste by 2010.
(171978)
317
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether her Department met the target in the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate document to reverse the then upward trend in carbon emissions by April 2007.
(171979)
318
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether her Department is working towards an accredited certified environmental management system (a) for its whole estate and (b) in some of its buildings.
(171980)
319
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what premium was received by her Department from each rail franchise in the last year for which figures are available.
(171981)
320
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what subsidy was provided to each rail franchise in the last year for which figures are available.
(171982)
321
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she expects to receive from the European Commission a full cost-benefit analysis of the Galileo satellite system.
(169792)
322
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans she has to abolish the Bus Service Operators Grant; and if she will make a statement.
(171672)
323
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was paid in consultancy fees by the Department for Transport, Local Government and the Regions between 1997 and May 2002.
(171781)
324
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was paid in consultancy fees by her Department in each year since its establishment.
(171997)
325
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what her policy is on the improvement of the A303 at Stonehenge; and if she will make a statement.
(171861)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
326
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) reviews, (b) consultations and (c) taskforces his Department is (i) responsible for and (ii) scheduled to implement; on what date each (A) started and (B) is expected to be completed; and what the purpose is of each.
(171788)
327
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many women over state pension age on 5th April 2010 would benefit if the reduction from 39 to 30 in the number of qualifying contribution years required for a full basic pension applied to them; and what estimate he has made of the additional cost for 2010-11.
(171793)
328
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimated weekly rate of basic pension will be payable in 2010-11 to (a) a woman reaching age 60 years on 6th April 2010 with a contribution record of (i) 10, (ii) 15, (iii) 20, (iv) 25, (v) 30, (vi) 35 and (vii) 39 qualifying years and (b) a woman one day younger with a similar contribution record.
(171794)
329
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of the use of overseas mail clearing services for his Department's post to overseas benefits recipients on the time taken for letters to be delivered to those recipients.
(171797)
330
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of overseas recipients of SERPS or S2P who have had their benefits frozen; and what estimate he has made of the cost of unfreezing those benefits.
(171799)
331
Dr Ashok Kumar (Middlesbrough South & East Cleveland): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the proposed Remploy restructuring on disabled workers in Teesside; what steps he plans to take to ensure the economic security of such workers; and if he will make a statement.
(171858)
332
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his most recent estimate is of the proportion of the target audience for personal accounts which will be (a) subject to means-testing, (b) able to expect real returns of less than £2 for each £1 invested and (c) able to expect real returns of less than £1 for each £1 invested; and if he will make a statement.
(171922)
333
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to meet the (a) 2010 and (b) 2020 child poverty targets.
(172088)
334
Mr Adrian Sanders (Torbay): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what categories of claimants have their records protectively marked as supervisor access only by his Department.
(171972)
335
Sir Nicholas Winterton (Macclesfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of pensioners in Macclesfield constituency claimed pension credit at the latest date for which figures are available.
(172060)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
336
Mr Andy Reed (Loughborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) women and (b) men have been diagnosed with breast cancer at the most recent date for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (172091)
337
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of Saudi Arabian nationals living in the United Kingdom; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (171880)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
338
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consideration has been given to giving local authorities greater powers to acquire riparian ownership to maintain water courses under their control.
[Transferred] (172059)
339
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consideration has been given to bringing the responsibility for drainage matters in a particular area under one statutory authority.
[Transferred] (172065)
340
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many people were prosecuted under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in London in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (171882)
341
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many attacks on people there were by dogs designated as dangerous under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each year since 1997; and how many there were by dogs owned in contravention of the Act in each year.
[Transferred] (171884)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
342
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the number of Saudi Arabian nationals with criminal convictions (a) conducting business and (b) living in the United Kingdom.
[Transferred] (171881)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
343
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in relative poverty were paying full council tax in the latest year for which information is available; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (172095)

 
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