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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 10 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 Monday 10 December 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 10 December 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 10 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 Monday 10 December of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 10 December see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173507)
2
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173534)
3
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps the Government has taken to provide Wi-Fi access to the general public in public buildings.
(166958)
4
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether any radioactive materials have been stolen or lost in the United Kingdom since 1993.
(172975)
5
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what telephone contact centres his Department is responsible for.
(173133)
6
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which of his Department's (a) agencies and (b) non-departmental public bodies operate telephone contact centres.
(173134)
7
Mr Doug Henderson (Newcastle upon Tyne North): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps he plans to take to (a) promote alternative forms of dispute resolution in cases of employment tribunals and (b) reduce the length of time for employment disputes to be resolved once they have gone to tribunal.
(172760)
8
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many post offices have closed in each of the 41 area plan areas for each year in which figures are available since 1997.
(172711)
9
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the budget of the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority was in (a) each of the last five years and (b) each year of the 2007 comprehensive spending review period.
(173159)
10
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much was spent by his Department on headed paper in each of the last five years; and what the cost per sheet was in each such year.
(173163)
11
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether his Department commissioned any external assessment of applications for funding under the Partnership at Work Fund programme.
(173166)
12
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the cost to his Department of administering the Partnership at Work Fund programme was in each year since 1999.
(173167)
13
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether his Department commissioned any external assessment of applications for funding under the Union Modernisation Fund programme.
(173168)
14
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the cost to his Department was of administering the Union Modernisation Fund programme in each year since 2004.
(173169)
15
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the status of the Franco-British Nuclear Forum is.
(173174)
16
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the (a) budget and (b) cost to his Department of the Franco-British Nuclear Forum was in 2006-07.
(173175)
17
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many meetings of the Franco-British Nuclear Forum have been held during 2007; and when he expects it next to meet.
(173176)
18
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the cost of (a) designing and (b) implementing the usage of the Department's interim logo in use immediately after 27th June was.
(173181)
19
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the cost of (a) designing and (b) implementing the usage of the Department's existing logo was.
(173182)
20
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the number of jobs that the National Skills Academy for Construction will create by 2016.
(173344)
21
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd November 2007, Official Report, column 1110W, on departmental opinion polls, what opinion polls his Department has conducted of the public since 27th June.
(173431)
22
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many small businesses in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) the West Midlands claimed relief under the Small Business Rate Relief Scheme in the last period for which figures are available.
(173259)
23
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent discussions he has had with the alcohol industry on new programmes to reduce binge drinking amongst young (a) men and (b) women; and if he will make a statement.
(173260)
24
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the timetable is for the Post Office to finalise assessments for sub-post offices in Tamworth constituency.
(173262)
25
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the total value of British trade with Burma has been in each year since 1997.
(173263)
26
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much funding his Department has allocated to electricity generation projects using (a) tidal power, (b) wave power, (c) wind, (d) biomass, (e) hydro power, (f) gas and (g) coal.
(173264)
27
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what funding his Department has allocated to the development of tidal power for the production of energy in the last five years.
(173265)
28
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) households and (b) vulnerable households in fuel poverty in Tamworth constituency in each year since 1997.
(173266)
29
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he last held discussions with the National Association of Cigarette Machine Operators.
(173267)
30
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many serious injuries there were in the home in the following age groups (a) under 16, (b) 16 to 24, (c) 25 to 65 and (d) over 65 in each of the last five years.
(173553)
31
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he expects to reply to the letter of 29th October 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton regarding Mr J Shah.
(173126)
32
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the timeline is for the EU/India Free Trade Agreement under negotiation; and what commitments the Agreements on Labour Liberalisation make as currently drafted.
(172598)
33
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by his Department.
(172736)
34
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the number of people without access to broadband services in Scotland, broken down by constituency; and if he will make a statement.
(172849)
35
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, who was responsible for the decision to instruct Post Office Ltd to postpone the post office network change programme pending the May 2008 municipal and local authority elections in England and Wales.
(173252)
36
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when the Government (a) decided to defer the Post Office network change programme in England and Wales and (b) informed and instructed Post Office Limited to impose a freeze on running any public consultations prior to the May 2008 municipal and local authority elections in England and Wales.
(173482)
37
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what feasibility studies have been commissioned by his Department into the possibility of (a) a tidal barrage and (b) tidal lagoons in the Severn Estuary since the Sustainable Development Commission published its report, Turning the Tide: Tidal Power in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(172603)
38
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what measures are being considered by the Department to support the proposed tidal lagoon demonstration project in Swansea; and if he will make a statement.
(172604)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
39
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173493)
40
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173511)
41
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the likelihood of tax credit claimants not telling HM Revenue and Customs when they take up residence abroad; how many tax credit claims were found to be invalid because a claimant has gone abroad in the latest period for which figures are available; what research has been carried out into the effectiveness of checks to protect against wrong or fraudulent claims by workers who have gone abroad; and if he will make a statement.
(172848)
42
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many EU A8 nationals successfully applied for (a) working tax credit and (b) child tax credit in each year since the accession of the A8 nations; and how many of these had previously been in receipt of each such benefit.
(173066)
43
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps were taken by his Department to consult the (a) Federation of Small Businesses, (b) British Chambers of Commerce, (c) Confederation of British Industry and (d) Institute of Directors on changes in taper relief on capital gains tax before publication of the 2007 pre-budget report.
(172806)
44
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HM Revenue and Customs employees were paid (a) over £60,000 and (b) over £100,000 per annum, inclusive of bonuses, in the most recent financial year for which figures are available.
(173103)
45
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the rate of interest paid to members of the public on funds owed to them by HM Revenue and Customs was on 1st April 2007.
(173108)
46
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the rate of interest charged to members of the public on sums owed by them to HM Revenue and Customs was on 1st April 2007.
(173109)
47
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the changes to alternatively secured pensions will be updated in the registered schemes manual; and what steps are taken to ensure that the information in the registered pensions scheme manual are kept up to date.
(173271)
48
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to increase efficiency within the Civil Service.
(172723)
49
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which telephone contact centres are within the responsibility of his Department.
(173097)
50
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list the information collected by his Department on contact centre operations.
(173099)
51
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what leisure activities are classed as sports for tax purposes by HM Revenue and Customs; and if he will make a statement.
(172815)
52
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will seek to discuss the decision by HM Revenue and Customs not to recognise racing pigeons as a sport for tax purposes with the Royal Pigeon Racing Association.
(172816)
53
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have died from meningitis in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) the UK in each year since 1997.
(172972)
54
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20th November, Official Report, column 701W, on buildings: Cabinet Office, whether the database records figure separately for the Prime Minister's Offices.
(173138)
55
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 20th November 2007, Official Report, column 701W, on buildings: Cabinet Office, what the (a) total area and (b) vacant space in the (i) Cabinet Office's and (ii) Prime Minister's Offices was as recorded on the database in 1997 or the nearest available date.
(173139)
56
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many members of the Council of Economic Advisers there were in each month since January; and if he will make a statement.
(173180)
57
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what records his Department holds of the destinations of each Treasury awayday undertaken in 2006-07.
(173194)
58
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department's accounting system records the (a) cost, (b) destination and (c) activities undertaken of awaydays of the Performance and Efficiency Team in 2006-07.
(173195)
59
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who the members are of HM Treasury's Carbon Markets Expert group.
(173196)
60
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of households which will experience marginal deduction rates of (a) 70 per cent. and (b) over 60 per cent. following the changes announced in Budget 2007.
(173346)
61
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the marginal deduction rate experienced by a married couple, local authority tenants, with one child under 11, no child care costs, working under 30 hours per week, with gross earnings of £200 per week.
(173348)
62
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recruitment process was used to select Kieran Poynter to head the review of security processes and procedures for data handling in HM Revenue and Customs announced on 20th November 2007.
(173349)
63
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the Poynter Review will interview Ministers in his Department as part of its work.
(173350)
64
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the total cost of searches conducted at HM Revenue and Customs premises to trace the lost compact discs containing child benefit data.
(173352)
65
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was spent by HM Revenue and Customs on (a) recorded post and (b) non-recorded post in each of the last five years.
(173353)
66
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs has designated an official as responsible for data security; and if he will make a statement.
(173354)
67
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff worked on HM Revenue and Custom's Child Benefit Helpline on each day since 1st October 2007.
(173355)
68
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what systems are in place within HM Revenue and Customs to flag up suspicious use of data by its employees.
(173356)
69
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what internal policies HM Revenue and Customs had in place regarding the use of removable media on 18th October 2007.
(173357)
70
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what vetting process is applied to officials in HM Revenue and Customs who have access to the full database of child benefit records.
(173358)
71
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was of maintaining the child benefit database in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(173359)
72
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what policies HM Revenue and Customs has in place to ensure that correspondence is securely delivered; and if he will make a statement.
(173360)
73
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what staff from (a) HM Treasury, (b) HM Revenue and Customs and (c) other Government departments are working on the Poynter Review.
(173361)
74
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, from which budget the cost of the Poynter Review is being met; and what estimate he has made of the total expected cost of the review.
(173362)
75
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions data from the child benefit database has been copied to a data disc in the last 12 months.
(173368)
76
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions data from the child benefit database has been posted to recipients outside HM Revenue and Customs in the last 12 months.
(173369)
77
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what internal reports on data security have been submitted to Ministers in his Department in the last five years; and on what date each was submitted.
(173370)
78
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) reports on and (b) reviews of data security in HM Revenue and Customs have been ordered by Ministers in the last five years; and on what date each was (i) ordered and (ii) received.
(173371)
79
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Statement of 20th November 2007, Official Report, columns 1110-18, on HM Revenue and Customs, how the password for the discs was transmitted by HM Revenue and Customs to the National Audit Office on each occasion that data was sent.
(173427)
80
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many calls were handled by the Child Benefit Helpline on each day between 22nd November and 6th December 2007 inclusive.
(173428)
81
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Statement of 20th November 2007, Official Report, columns 1110-18, on HM Revenue and Customs, how many HM Revenue and Customs staff have been interviewed regarding the two missing discs.
(173429)
82
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Statement of 20th November 2007, Official Report, columns 1110-18, on HM Revenue and Customs, how many discrete physical searches for the two missing discs were conducted (a) between 10th November and 14th November inclusive and (b) after 14th November; what premises and facilities these covered; and how many personnel were deployed.
(173430)
83
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the statement of 20th November 2007, Official Report, colums 1110-18, on HM Revenue and Customs, how many personal records contained on the two discs missing from HM Revenue and Customs were from each parliamentary constituency.
(173481)
84
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of (a) deploying software and (b) implementing procedures to encrypt all data sent out of HM Revenue and Customs on compact disc.
(173518)
85
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the capital gains tax (CGT) revenues received by the Exchequer from sales of residential properties in each of the last five years; and what estimate he has made of the net effect on this CGT revenue stream of the proposed reforms to CGT announced in the October 2007 Pre-Budget Report.
(172798)
86
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what (a) the lowest rate of economic return is on an approved existing Government expenditure project in each Government department and (b) the size of the approved expenditure in each case.
(173540)
87
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 21st November 2007, Official Report, column 926W, on video games: research, for what reasons the information on HM Revenue and Customs research and development units for the computer games industry is not available; and what breakdown by industry sector and recipient can be provided of the allocation of £150 million by HMRC.
(172605)
88
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he has had recent discussions with representatives of Deutsche Bank on the acquisition of Northern Rock; and if he will make a statement.
(172851)
89
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the population is of (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth constituency, broken down by age group; and if he will make a statement.
(173078)
90
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the population of (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth constituency that (i) were aged 65 years and over in each year from 1997 to 2006 and (ii) are aged 65 years and over in 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(173079)
91
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average income of a self-employed person in (a) Tamworth constituency and (b) the UK was in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(173080)
92
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of people in Tamworth were self-employed in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(173441)
93
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths there were in the home in the following age groups (a) under 16, (b) 16 to 24, (c) 25 to 65 and (d) over 65 in each of the last five years.
(173552)
94
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps he plans to take to speed up the payment of compensation to consumers who have experienced excessive overdraft charges; and if he will make a statement.
(172748)
95
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many requests to pay back overpaid tax credits (forms TC610) were issued by HM Revenue and Customs and its predecessor organisation in each month since April 2002; and if he will make a statement.
(172774)
96
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what he expects the cost to the public funds to be of the General Register Office's Magpie project; what the timetable is for the implementation of the project; and if he will make a statement.
(169523)
97
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost to the public funds (a) has been and (b) is expected to be in total of the General Register Office's Dove project; and how much was originally budgeted for the cost of the project.
(169524)
98
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he expects the digitisation of records of births, marriages and deaths to be (a) completed and (b) made available to the public online; and if he will make a statement.
(169525)
99
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of individual members of save as you earn schemes that will be affected by the changes introduced by the recent Pre-Budget report; and if he will make a statement.
(173253)
100
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what total revenue has been collected from capital gains tax on maturing save as you earn schemes in each of the last five tax years.
(173450)
101
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consultations his Department has held with the administrators and providers of employee share schemes on the recent Pre-Budget report; and if he will make a statement.
(173451)
102
Shona McIsaac (Cleethorpes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people aged over 65 resident in Cleethorpes constituency died during the winter months in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(172712)
103
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was raised from national insurance contributions in 2006-07.
(173343)
104
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by his Department.
(172741)
105
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of total tax revenue came from (a) income tax, (b) indirect taxes, (c) business taxes, (d) capital taxes and (e) other taxes in each year since 1980.
(172983)
106
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2007, Official Report, column 393W, on insurance: public participation, which small independent brokers were consulted by the Financial Services Authority in preparation of the report on the hard disclosure of commission earned by brokers of commercial insurance expected to be published shortly; and if he will make a statement.
(172986)
107
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2007, Official Report, column 393W, on insurance: public participation, how his Department monitors the compliance of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) with the provisions of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 on requiring the FSA to consult on proposed rules and to produce a cost benefit analysis; and if he will make a statement.
(172987)
108
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people (a) under 16 years of age and (b) 16 years and over died from rheumatoid arthritis in each year since 1997, broken down by Government Office Region.
(172912)
109
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of French nationals living in the UK.
(172927)
110
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what meetings he and his Ministers had with Department of Health (a) officials and (b) Ministers to discuss the settlement for social care in the Comprehensive Spending Review; at which of those meetings the subject of payment for long-term care was discussed; and if he will make available the minutes of those meetings.
(172928)
111
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he received in favour of the introduction of child benefits in pregnancy before his 2006 Pre-Budget Speech; and if he will place copies in the Library.
(172933)
112
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost to the public purse of paying the carer of twins, triplets or higher multiple births (a) the higher level of child benefit and (b) the baby element of tax credit for each child.
(173124)
113
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what percentage of people in Suffolk were self-employed in each year since 1997.
(173453)
114
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people have died from stroke related illnesses in Suffolk in each of the last five years.
(173455)
115
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many households in (a) Suffolk and (b) the East of England region were classified as living in fuel poverty in each of the last five years.
(173456)
116
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of total Government expenditure in the last financial year was spent on (a) defence and (b) conflict prevention and resolution.
(172295)
117
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will discuss with HM Revenue and Customs extending the lower rate of VAT to all products that are intended for use as smoking cessation aids.
(172783)
118
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of households in London which had (a) a television, (b) satellite or cable television, (c) a home computer and (d) access to the internet in each year since 1997.
(172944)
119
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will exempt from VAT charitable donations that companies make out of the purchase price of their products.
(173197)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
120
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he will reply to correspondence from the hon. Member for Billericay dated (a) 28th August, (b) 15th October and (c) 15th November on the subject of Mrs Diana Taylor's attempts to establish contact with her daughter; and if he will provide the legal advice requested.
(172609)
121
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many deaths of school children have been reported as attributable to bullying in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(173485)
122
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173506)
123
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173533)
124
N
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the consequences are for a school which does not comply with the stipulations of the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document.
(172174)
125
N
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the consequences are for non-maintained schools which fail to comply with the School Teachers' Pay and Conditions Document where this is included in teachers' contracts.
(172175)
126
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much per pupil will be received in each local authority area in England for the 2008-09 school year.
(173440)
127
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children were (a) eligible for and (b) in receipt of free school meals in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by eligibility criteria.
(172405)
128
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the suitability of his Department's call centre automated response systems in meeting the needs of customers; and if he will make a statement.
(173100)
129
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what measures are in place to ensure his Department's customer contact centres are helpful to people who need to deal with a variety of queries in one call.
(173101)
130
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will place in the Library the findings of the mystery shopping and user survey research to monitor the performance of contact centres.
(173128)
131
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will place in the Library details of his Department's contracts with suppliers to provide telephone helpline services to the public.
(173272)
132
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidance is issued to local education authorities on the provision of signing assistance in schools for children with hearing impairments.
(173548)
133
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the educational achievement of (a) deaf and (b) hearing impaired children in each of the last five years.
(173549)
134
Mr Doug Henderson (Newcastle upon Tyne North): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of parents did not receive their first choice of primary school for their children in the Newcastle Local Education Authority area in the last period for which figures are available.
(172758)
135
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the curricular time needed for the teaching of financial capability at key stages three and four.
(173183)
136
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has to monitor and audit the implementation of financial capability education at key stages three and four.
(173184)
137
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many submissions have been made online to the Children's Review.
(173192)
138
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether his Department conducted (a) focus groups and (b) other qualitative or quantitative opinion research of teachers.
(173367)
139
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the average spending per secondary school pupil in (a) Staffordshire and (b) England was in each of the last 10 years.
(173074)
140
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department is taking to encourage more school students to participate in competitive sport; and what plans he has to take steps further to improve the rate.
(173254)
141
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which sport has the highest rate of participation for females in schools in (a) Staffordshire and (b) England.
(173255)
142
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) females and (b) males play competitive sport in schools in (i) Staffordshire and (ii) England.
(173256)
143
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he decided the school funding settlement for 2008-09 to 2010-11; what consideration he gave to small pockets of deprivation in determining the settlement; and if he will make a statement.
(173443)
144
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects to reply to the letter of 16th October 2007 from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton on Cedar Mount High School.
(173127)
145
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) secondary and (b) primary schools closed in each local authority area in each year since 1997.
(171945)
146
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) secondary and (b) primary schools built under the Building Schools for the Future programme closed in each local authority area in each year since 2004.
(171946)
147
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) secondary and (b) primary schools built under the Building Schools for the Future programme are planned for closure in each local authority area.
(171947)
148
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, for what reasons his speech to the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust National Conference was deferred from 28th November to 29th November; and if he will make a statement.
(172176)
149
N
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many official engagements he has rescheduled with less than (a) one day's, (b) two days', (c) one week's and (d) two weeks' notice since taking up his appointment; and if he will make a statement.
(172177)
150
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidance exists to determine the suitability of entities which sponsor academy schools; and if he will make a statement.
(172745)
151
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department spent in educational research in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(172746)
152
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many pupils were entered for each subject at GCSE and equivalent qualifications in 2007 by each academy school; how many achieved each grade in each academy; and if he will make a statement.
(172749)
153
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether any (a) GCSE and (b) A-level examinations will be marked overseas in whole or in part in 2008; whether any have been in 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(172762)
154
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what educational research was commissioned by his Department (a) internally and (b) externally in each month from November 2006 to December 2007.
(172769)
155
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which secondary schools have gone into special measures in each month since 1st January 2007; and what proportion of pupils in each such school achieved five A* to C GCSEs in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.
(172775)
156
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of qualifications awarded at Key Stage 3 in each of the last three years has been (a) academic and (b) vocational; and if he will make a statement.
(172810)
157
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) GCSEs, (b) GNVQs and (c) vocational GCSE examinations have been sat by school pupils in each of the last 10 years.
(172811)
158
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many surplus places have been in secondary schools in each local authority area for each year from 2001-02 to 2007-08.
(173233)
159
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) public sector bodies and (b) local authorities (i) sponsored and (ii) co-sponsored academies prior to 1st May 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(173241)
160
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what research his Department has (a) completed and (b) commissioned on the effects of academies on neighbouring schools; and if he will make a statement.
(173242)
161
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what rights a parent has to appeal against permanent exclusion from (a) a maintained school and (b) an academy; and if he will make a statement.
(173243)
162
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of pupil referral units; and if he will make a statement.
(173244)
163
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of academic lessons are set by ability.
(173245)
164
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent on special educational needs in each English local education authority in each year since 2000.
(173071)
165
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by his Department.
(172730)
166
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which religious education (RE) local syllabuses include the study of the book Islam: Beliefs and Teachings by Gulam Sarwar; and which schools use the book in teaching RE.
(173082)
167
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the impact of the Schools Admission Code 2007 on families with twins, triplets or higher multiples; and if he will make a statement.
(173123)
168
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what guidance his Department provides to low income key workers who are parents of twins, triplets or greater multiple births and wish to arrange childcare via their local Sure Start children's centre.
(173270)
169
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of pupils in Suffolk have studied (a) chemistry, (b) biology and (c) physics A-Level in each of the last five years.
(173452)
170
N
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of school buildings approved by his Department were built to the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (a) very good and (b) excellent standard in each of the last five years; and what the construction cost of those buildings was.
(172290)
171
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many teachers with a level 4 qualification or above in (a) physics, (b) chemistry, (c) biology and (d) mathematics were teaching in English schools in each of the last 10 years.
(172483)
172
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many students were recruited for initial teacher training in (a) science, (b) mathematics and (c) design technology and information and communication technology in each of the last 10 years.
(172484)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
173
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether it is his policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs or (b) LED lights for festive decorations in the Prime Minister's Office.
(173509)
174
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173521)
175
N
Greg Clark (Tunbridge Wells): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 849W, on Millennium Volunteers programme, which of the first 18 organisations listed (a) did not make an application and (b) were unsuccessful at the expression of interest stage.
(172645)
176
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many employees of the Prime Minister's Office were paid (a) over £60,000 and (b) over £100,000 per annum, inclusive of bonuses, in the most recent financial year for which figures are available.
(173105)
177
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the total cost of repairs to facilities and items in Number 10 Downing Street and the Prime Minister's Offices has been since 27th June.
(173135)
178
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many (a) telephones, (b) computers and (c) doors in (i) Number 10 Downing Street and (ii) the Prime Minister's Offices have been replaced due to malfunction or damage since 27th June.
(173136)
179
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, on how many occasions repairs have been made to (a) telephones, (b) computers and (c) doors in (i) Number 10 Downing Street and (ii) the Prime Minister's Offices since 27th June.
(173137)
180
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 20th November 2007, Official Report, column 682W, on departmental public consultations, if he will place copies in the Library of the (a) summary and (b) full findings of each such poll undertaken since 27th June 2007.
(173145)
181
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many civil servants have left the (a) Prime Minister's Office and (b) Cabinet Office to work elsewhere (i) in and (ii) outside the Civil Service since 27th June 2007.
(173148)
182
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the budget of the Charity Commission was in (a) each of the last five years and (b) each year of the 2007 comprehensive spending review period.
(173156)
183
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the budget of the Office of the Third Sector was in (a) each of the last five years and (b) each year of the 2007 comprehensive spending review period.
(173157)
184
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the budget of the Social Exclusion Task Force was in (a) each of the last five years and (b) each year of the 2007 comprehensive spending review period.
(173158)
185
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what fields of data there are in the Cabinet Office Freedom of Information database.
(173179)
186
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the (a) dates, (b) locations and (c) costs were of the last four awaydays of his Department's departmental board.
(173185)
187
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 15th November 2007, Official Report, column 396W, on the Strategy Unit, what time-limited projects are being undertaken by the Unit; and what the (a) start date and (b) expected end date of each such project is.
(173188)
188
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the annual Number 10 digital communications budget is, broken down by main headings.
(173193)
189
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many complaints from civil servants against (a) special advisers and (b) Ministers were formally recorded in his Department since 27th June.
(173363)
190
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, if he will make a statement on the progress of implementation of the conclusions of the 2004 voluntary and community sector in service delivery.
(173030)
191
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many (a) men and (b) women are employed by the Cabinet Office, broken down by civil service grade.
(172687)
192
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether Deborah Mattinson has (a) a desk, (b) a telephone, (c) office facilities and (d) administrative support provided in the Cabinet Office.
(172750)
193
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, for how long the official ministerial residences in Admiralty House previously occupied by the (a) right hon. Member for Ashfield and (b) right hon. Member for Derby South have been empty.
(173474)
194
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many planning applications the Cabinet Office has submitted for permission for work to its properties in London in the last 12 months; to what building the applications pertained; and what the purpose was of the applications.
(173475)
195
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the terms of reference are of the review into data sharing in the public sector.
(173476)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
196
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's definition is of local energy generation in relation to planning policy.
(172876)
197
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on the take-up of (a) photovoltaics, (b) solar hot water and (c) micro wind technologies of the decision to include offsite and local generation in the definition of the Merton planning rule.
(172877)
198
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment her Department has made of the effect of the Merton planning rule requiring onsite renewables on the viability of major new developments.
(172878)
199
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) fire stations and (b) appliances there were in each London borough for each of the last 10 years; and if she will make a statement.
(173486)
200
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the likely effect on provision of low-cost residential housing in each London constituency of home information packs for one and two bedroomed homes; and if she will make a statement.
(173487)
201
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to consult communities on the effects of the Government's (a) community and (b) counter-terrorism policies on community cohesion; and if she will make a statement.
(173447)
202
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether it is her Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173490)
203
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for her Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173532)
204
Mary Creagh (Wakefield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made in her Department's plans to improve hot water safety by reviewing Part G of the Building Regulations.
(172973)
205
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, with reference to paragraph (iv) on page 32 of the Impact Assessment of the Planning Bill, what (a) factors and (b) methodologies were taken into account in calculating the one-off start-up costs of the Infrastructure Planning Commission.
(172804)
206
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps she plans to take to minimise the increased greenhouse emissions that will arise from the implementation of the new housing programme proposed to be taken forward under provisions within the Housing and Regeneration Bill.
(172805)
207
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what arrangement she plans to put in place to ensure liaison with the (a) Welsh Assembly Government and (b) Scottish Executive respectively, in cases where housing development on brownfield land acquired by the New English Homes and Communities Agency that immediately adjoins the national borders with Wales or Scotland will have a consequent environmental or planning impact on land in Wales or Scotland.
(172995)
208
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to consult her counterpart in the Welsh Assembly Government when appointing the chair and deputy chairs of the Infrastructure Commission as detailed in Schedule 1 of the Planning Bill 2007.
(172996)
209
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much housing revenue account monies has been taken from each local authority in each of the last five years; who received that revenue; how the redistribution was conducted; what the forecasts are for each local authority involved in returning or receiving monies over the next five years; and if she will make a statement.
(172813)
210
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the cost of the implementation of the Disability Equality Duty on local authorities.
(173550)
211
Mr Doug Henderson (Newcastle upon Tyne North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to support social enterprises following assessment of responses to the Third Sector discussion paper and outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review.
(172759)
212
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance has been issued to planning authorities on the density of housing development.
(173541)
213
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department has taken to investigate the reasons for the 70 per cent. reduction in the number of statutory homelessness acceptances in the London borough of Newham.
(172990)
214
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department has published a summary of responses to its May 2003 consultation paper, Improving Standards of Accommodation for Homeless Households Placed in Temporary Accommodation.
(172991)
215
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which organisations responded to her Department's consultation paper, Improving Standards of Accommodation for Homeless Households Placed in Temporary Accommodation in May 2003.
(172992)
216
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the reasons were for deciding against publishing guidance on the minimum standards in temporary accommodation for homeless households proposed in her Department's consultation paper from May 2003.
(172993)
217
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the distribution list was of the pamphlet pack entitled Combating Misinformation - Fact Cards for Local Authorities.
(172788)
218
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many copies were produced of the pamphlet pack entitled Combating Misinformation - Fact Cards for Local Authorities.
(172790)
219
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the total cost was of producing the pamphlet pack entitled Combating Misinformation - Fact Cards for Local Authorities.
(172791)
220
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many claims have been made against local authorities for trips and falls due to uneven pavements in each of the last five years.
(173072)
221
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consideration she gave to the percentage of the population aged over 65 years in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth constituency when determining local authority grant allocation; and if she will make a statement.
(173075)
222
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what considerations she gave to the number of immigrants in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth constituency when determining local authority grant allocation; and if she will make a statement.
(173076)
223
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the local authority grant settlement per capita was in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth constituency in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(173077)
224
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consideration she gave to the average household income in (a) Staffordshire and (b) Tamworth when determining the local authorities' grants allocation; and if she will make a statement.
(173516)
225
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what occasions representatives of the Government Office for the North West (GONW) have met representatives of Warrington Borough Council to discuss future housing plans; who was present at each of these meetings; and what attempts have been made by GONW to discuss these issues with hon. Members representing the borough.
(172385)
226
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how the Government Office for the North West plans to ensure that bids from areas wishing to become housing growth points will provide (a) enough affordable housing for purchase and (b) enough housing for rent to meet the needs of the area.
(172599)
227
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what instructions she has given to Government Office for the North West on ensuring that hon. Members are (a) notified and (b) invited to meetings which they arrange between ministers and local authorities.
(172640)
228
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the role of Government Office for the North West is in assessing bids for housing growth areas.
(172641)
229
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will give guidance to the Government Office for the North West on the liaison with hon. Members when major projects in their constituencies are under consideration by the Office.
(172799)
230
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance her Department has issued to local authority social services departments on the acceptability of strip washing for elderly people where disabled facility grants cannot cover all of the demands for shower and other adaptations; and if she will make a statement.
(173246)
231
Mr Andrew Love (Edmonton): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Minister expects to publish her response to the report entitled Ends and Means, the Future of Social Housing by Professor J Hills; and if she will make a statement.
(172962)
232
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by her Department.
(172731)
233
N
Mr Andrew Mitchell (Sutton Coldfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of his working week the Minister for the West Midlands spent carrying out his regional responsibilities in the latest period for which figures are available.
(172171)
234
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the full conclusions of each geographic dry run for home information packs will be published (a) by the end of 2007 and (b) before home information packs are extended to one or two bedroomed homes.
(173221)
235
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the status is of the National Spatial Address Infrastructure; and how much has been spent from the public purse on the scheme.
(173222)
236
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to review or amend the council tax discount on empty homes.
(173223)
237
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which property attributes will form part of the Valuation Office Agency's multiple regression analysis in its proposed automated valuation model for business rates.
(173224)
238
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the unique property reference number generated by the Register Operator for inclusion in an energy performance certificate is the same unique property reference number used for a property in the National Land and Property Gazetteer.
(173225)
239
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which unique property reference number is used to identify a property in a home condition report.
(173226)
240
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many referendums have taken place on whether to establish an elected mayor since 1997.
(173227)
241
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, by whom the decision would be taken to hold a ballot, under her proposals to introduce powers to ballot on local spending decisions.
(173228)
242
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the estimated £171 million cost of the lease for City Hall is in 2000 prices.
(173229)
243
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether IPSO-MORI have concluded their work on the home information pack dry-run and pilot research.
(173286)
244
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether there is a (a) termination date and (b) option to terminate in the contract between Cole Layer Trumble and Capgemini, in relation to the consultancy services that it provides to assist the ongoing work of the Valuation Office Agency.
(173287)
245
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what payments her Department has made to IPSO-MORI in the last 24 months; and for what purposes.
(173288)
246
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether (a) the authorised or (b) required elements of a home information pack will inform buyers of the potential impact of underground works, such as the new Crossrail development.
(173289)
247
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by the North East of England Brussels Office in the last year for which figures are available.
(173290)
248
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by the South West UK Brussels Office in the last year for which figures are available.
(173291)
249
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the rateable value of a business premise changes between statutory revaluations if there is a material change to the property.
(173292)
250
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the timetable is for contracts to be finalised for the (a) FireControl and (b) Firelink projects.
(173293)
251
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by the East Midlands European Office in the last year for which figures are available.
(173294)
252
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what work or research is being (a) undertaken and (b) commissioned by her Department on the development of XML schema for the sharing of data between public authorities.
(173295)
253
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate the Valuation Office Agency has made of the number of domestic dwellings with (a) wind turbines and (b) solar panels.
(173296)
254
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of local planning authorities have had the core strategies of their Local Development Framework approved by the Government; and what her Department's targets are in this regard.
(173297)
255
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department has incurred any expenditure, other than for publicity, on the Local Government Today television channel.
(173298)
256
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of how many and what proportion of first time buyers took out mortgages of 100 per cent. or more of the purchase price of the property in each year for which figures are available from 1997 to 2005.
(173299)
257
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the minimum contractual periods are of the contracts for the (a) FireControl and (b) Firelink projects; and whether the contracts allow for early termination of the agreements.
(173300)
258
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what yearly financial savings the Standards Board is expected to make from its relocation from London to Manchester.
(173302)
259
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether any (a) Ministers and (b) staff have been disciplined for breaching the public smoking ban on her Department's premises, and the premises of its agencies, since its coming into force.
(173303)
260
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) targets and (b) performance indicators English Partnerships and its successor agency are developing for local authorities.
(173304)
261
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent on the North West Brussels Office in the last year for which figures are available.
(173305)
262
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to revise Regional Spatial Strategies' flood risk assessments, in light of (a) recent flooding, (b) climate change and (c) the Lessons Learned review.
(173306)
263
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment her Department has made of the range of the additional build costs of a zero carbon home, over and above those arising from compliance with Part L of the 2006 building regulations.
(173307)
264
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what further stages and consultations remain to be undertaken in relation to the East of England Regional Spatial Strategy before it is finalised.
(173308)
265
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the reasons were for the increase in the early severance/early retirement costs for her Department and its predecessor from 2004 to 2006.
(173309)
266
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the expenditure was of the West Midlands in Europe office in the last year for which figures are available.
(173310)
267
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of first time buyers in England purchased properties in the three or four per cent. stamp duty band in each of the last three years.
(173311)
268
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) function and (b) purpose is of the English Regions Network; and whether the Government plans to change its funding to the network following the Sub-National Review.
(173312)
269
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the presence of ground source heat pumps would be taken into account in the valuation of a property for council tax purposes by the Valuation Office Agency.
(173313)
270
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the £5 billion reduction in ring-fenced and specific grants by 2010-11 will be re-allocated to (a) revenue support grant and (b) area-based grant.
(173314)
271
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the Government's recommended maximum limit is on the number of parking spaces for new residential developments, following the publication of Planning Policy Statement 3.
(173315)
272
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which regional assemblies have offices in Brussels; and how much each spent on each of the offices in each of the last three years.
(173316)
273
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the joint Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors/Valuation Office Agency guidance note on contractor's basis valuations.
(173317)
274
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate the Government has made of the expected yearly increase in business rate receipts if a supplementary business rate were introduced.
(173318)
275
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether Ordnance Survey plans to conduct an impact assessment in its review of the Paper Map Copying Licence fees, terms and conditions.
(173319)
276
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether Ordnance Survey plans to use an automated valuation model for the 2010 business rates revaluation.
(173320)
277
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the (a) presentation and (b) handouts, produced by the Valuation Office Agency on Automated Valuation Models presented at the National Rating Day in June.
(173321)
278
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much is expected to be allocated by her Department in (a) specific and (b) ring-fenced grants in each of the next three years.
(173322)
279
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what records Ordnance Survey holds of green belt boundaries.
(173323)
280
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what meetings (a) she and (b) Ministers in her Department has had with representatives of trades unions in the last 12 months.
(173324)
281
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which (a) specific and (b) ring-fenced grants will cease to be ring-fenced under her Department's plans to reduce ring-fencing in the period up to 2011.
(173325)
282
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for what reasons her Department cancelled the commercial licence for the green belt boundaries dataset on her Department's Maps on Taps database.
(173326)
283
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by Yorkshireurope in the last year for which figures are available.
(173327)
284
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been spent by the Valuation Office Agency on an automated valuation model for business rate valuations.
(173328)
285
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which commercial supplier provided the green belt boundaries dataset for the Maps on Taps database; and how much was spent on this dataset before the contract was cancelled by her Department.
(173329)
286
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what (a) resource DEL and (b) net aggregate external finance was allocated to local authorities in England in each year from 1997-98; and how much has been budgeted for each year to 2010-11.
(173330)
287
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what proportion of the reduction in ring-fencing by 2010-11 will be achieved by transferring specific grants to (a) revenue support grant and (b) area based grant tied into Local Area Agreements.
(173331)
288
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much and what proportion of total Government grant to local authorities in England was ring-fenced in (a) 1997-98 and (b) 2007-08.
(173332)
289
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether a combined heat and power (CHP) certificate issued by the Secretary of State provides a discount or exemption on the business rates liability of the CHP system.
(173333)
290
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what requirements there are for a local area agreement to be signed off by (a) the Secretary of State and (b) the Government Office for the Region; and whether either has a power of veto over a proposed agreement.
(173334)
291
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what level of local government revenue expenditure was financed by specific grants, in absolute cash terms, in each year since 1997-98.
(173335)
292
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been spent from the public purse on home information packs including (a) administration costs, (b) legal fees, (c) external advisers, (d) websites, (e) research and area trials, (f) communications, publicity and publishing, (g) agency staff and (h) other costs in relation to the home information packs.
(173336)
293
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when Europe Economics completed its economic analysis of home information packs; and if she will place in the Library a copy of the final report.
(173337)
294
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the contractual deadline is for Ipsos Mori to complete its evaluation of the area trials for home condition reports.
(173338)
295
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, who will run the citizens' juries for the design of the new eco-towns; what procurement process has been undertaken in the selection of that individual, organisation or company; and how much has been allocated from what budget for such juries.
(173339)
296
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the (a) rural proofing analysis and (b) an environmental impact assessment was undertaken in the Impact Assessment for Housing and Planning Delivery Grant.
(173341)
297
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department is providing guidance to local authorities following the ruling of the Information Tribunal upholding the complaint by Mr David Markinson on unreasonable costs for photocopying building control and planning application information.
(173342)
298
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding has been provided to each of the regional centres of excellence and regional improvement partnerships.
(173377)
299
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what planning applications her Department has submitted in relation to requests for planning permission on its departmental properties in the last 12 months; on what buildings; and for what purposes.
(173378)
300
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library copies of the minutes from the meeting of the Stakeholder Advisory Panel on Home Buying and Selling which met on 25th July.
(173379)
301
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many of the local authorities which received central government funding for community/neighbourhood wardens are funding warden schemes since the ending of central funding.
(173380)
302
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding the Government provides to the North West Brussels Office.
(173483)
303
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether councils with above-average collection rates for (a) council tax and (b) business rates receive any financial reward in terms of additional revenue as a consequence of the higher collection rates.
(173489)
304
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will bring forward proposals to give local authorities more powers to enforce noise pollution legislation in relation to off-road scrambling in areas which are adjacent to residential areas.
(172875)
305
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many dwellings were built within the 1997 designated green belt in Suffolk in each year between 1997 and 2006.
(173454)
306
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will take steps to simplify the statutory forms designed for public participation in local development plans.
(172779)
307
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much has been spent by the London Development Agency in each London borough since 2000.
(172946)
308
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities have been subject to capping since 2000; and what the percentage changes in council tax were that brought in capping measures.
(172952)
309
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department has the power to cap the council tax precept of the Mayor of London; and if she will make a statement.
(172954)
310
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what schemes funded by her Department can be applied to by organisations that help young people in the community.
(173468)
311
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support her Department has given to voluntary organisations that work with young people in the community in each of the last five years.
(173469)
312
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects to meet representatives from the Boyhood to Manhood Foundation.
(173470)
313
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions her Department has had with the Boyhood to Manhood Foundation in the last 12 months.
(173471)
314
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's budget has been for supporting voluntary community organisations in each of the last five years.
(173472)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
315
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take action to encourage cinemas to show greater numbers of UK films.
(172485)
316
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173505)
317
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173531)
318
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the recommendations made in the Office of Fair Trading's report on Ticket Agents in the UK, that advertising should indicate where tickets can be purchased at face value, have been implemented.
(172880)
319
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on whether the Committee of Advertising Practice should amend its guidance so all non-broadcast event advertising is required to include the face value of the ticket, while indicating that additional fees may apply and could vary depending upon the sales channel and ticket seller used, in accordance with recommendations made in the Office of Fair Trading's report on Ticket Agents in the UK.
(172881)
320
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations he has received on the continuation of black and white television licences after digital switchover.
(169323)
321
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) black and white and (b) colour television licences were issued in each year since 2000.
(169324)
322
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether the black and white television licence will continue in place (a) before, (b) during and (c) after digital switchover.
(169325)
323
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what funding his Department is providing to each of the regional development agencies in 2007-08.
(172182)
324
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department has allocated to Visit Britain in 2007-08.
(172597)
325
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Department's press release of 12th October 2007, how much funding Sport England will receive from the comprehensive spending review settlement in (a) cash and (b) real terms until 2011.
(172824)
326
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the provisions of the Licensing Act 2003 on town centres.
(172399)
327
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many local authorities have applied for funding from his Department to help fund local leisure facilities in each of the last five years.
(173457)
328
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the level of public funding for (a) sport and (b) women's sport has been in each of the last five years; and which sport received the most money per participant.
(173458)
329
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage school students to participate in competitive sport.
(173460)
330
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) men and (b) women are employed by his Department, broken down by civil service grade.
(172686)
331
N
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what initiatives and programmes are in place to encourage the development of rowing facilities and encourage the sport amongst young people before the London 2012 Olympics.
(172196)
332
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will extend the television licence fee concessionary scheme to refuge centres that shelter women and children from domestic violence.
(172682)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
333
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans in Edinburgh have made successful claims for war pensions as funded by the War Pensions Scheme.
(172482)
334
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans in Scotland have made successful claims for war pensions funded by the War Pension Scheme.
(172606)
335
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans in Scotland have made successful claims from the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.
(172607)
336
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many veterans in Scotland have been found to have suffered disability as a result of their service in the armed forces but are not eligible for assistance through the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme or the War Pension Scheme.
(172608)
337
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contribution the Government has made to the appeal to build a new gym and fitness pool for injured military personnel at the Headley Court Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre in Mole Valley.
(172709)
338
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173504)
339
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173530)
340
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times a Government Minister has travelled in an RAF Nimrod aircraft in each of the last five years.
(172852)
341
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Departmental employees were paid (a) over £60,000 and (b) over £100,000 per annum, inclusive of bonuses, in the most recent financial year for which figures are available.
(173102)
342
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contribution he expects the purchase of a sixth C-17 Globe Master to make to his Department's heavy lift strategy.
(172560)
343
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans there are for the RAF to resume daytime flights on the Jasper airbridge in Iraq.
(172601)
344
Linda Gilroy (Plymouth, Sutton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions the MoD review team has met the UK Hydrographic Office.
(172830)
345
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will introduce safeguards to ensure that UK submarine commanders are unable to launch a nuclear attack on their own initiative under any circumstances; and if he will make a statement.
(172814)
346
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department spent on special advisers in 2006-07; how much has been allocated for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(172819)
347
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of maintaining his Department's daily blog for each of the last six months.
(173186)
348
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) dates, (b) locations and (c) costs were of the last four awaydays of his Department's Departmental Board.
(173187)
349
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department has spent on (a) quantitative and (b) qualitative opinion research of (i) serving and (ii) former members of the armed forces.
(173364)
350
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what use his Department has made of (a) focus groups and (b) other qualitative or quantitative opinion research of (i) serving and (ii) former members of the armed forces.
(173365)
351
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent by his Department on providing private rented accommodation for service personnel including and above the rank of colonel and their families in each of the last six years.
(173517)
352
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average rate of inflation was for major defence procurement projects in each of the last five years.
(172744)
353
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) men and (b) women are employed by his Department, broken down by civil service grade.
(172692)
354
N
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what length of time he expects to elapse before the 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment is sent on its next operational tour.
(172167)
355
N
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the peace establishment was of the 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment before deployment to Afghanistan; what the strength was of the Battalion; how many reinforcements to the Battalion were received from (a) the regular Army, (b) the Territorial Army and (c) the regular Army Reserves; how many of all ranks were (i) left behind on recruitment duties, (ii) physically unfit to deploy and (iii) left behind in barracks to form a rear party; and what the Battalions Battle casualty replacement policy is.
(172168)
356
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Ministry of Defence police officers there were in each year since 1997; and how many there are expected to be in each year to 2012.
(172776)
357
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of an influenza pandemic on the operational capacity of the armed forces; and if he will make a statement.
(172780)
358
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many representations his Department has received in the last 12 months from (a) members of the armed forces and (b) others on its preparations for a potential influenza pandemic; what the content of those representations was; and if he will make a statement.
(172794)
359
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the contingency plans for a potential influenza pandemic of (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army and (c) the Royal Air Force; on what dates each was (i) first published and (ii) last updated; and if he will make a statement.
(172796)
360
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make it his policy to ensure that sufficient quantities of (a) influenza vaccines, (b) anti-virals and (c) face-masks are held by armed forces operating in (i) Iraq, (ii) Afghanistan and (iii) elsewhere in the world for them to cope with a potential influenza pandemic; and if he will make a statement.
(172797)
361
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, on how many occasions since 1st March 2005 his Department's officials have discussed with officials of (a) the Department of Health, (b) NATO and (c) the United States administration planning for a potential influenza pandemic; on what dates those discussions took place; what the content of the discussions was; and if he will make a statement.
(172831)
362
N
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of new buildings approved by his Department were built to the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (a) very good and (b) excellent standard in each of the last five years; and what the construction cost of those buildings was.
(172291)
363
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what means he monitors whether servicemen and women discharged with combat stress receive continuing treatment from the NHS.
(172885)
364
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, by what means he has implemented Clause 21 of the military covenant.
(172887)
365
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what prosthetic limbs his Department provides for servicemen and women for limbs lost in service.
(172890)
366
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many former servicemen and women are in care homes funded by his Department; and what his Department spent on this in 2006-07.
(172891)
367
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangement his Department has in place for the transfer of the medical care of discharged service men and women to the NHS.
(172893)
368
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost to his Department of health provision for service men and women in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force was in 2006-07.
(172894)
369
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what research his Department has commissioned on the causes and prevention of combat stress.
(172895)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
370
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consideration he has given to intervention buying of pork products to take excess supply from the UK market; what consideration he has given to the banning of pork imports which are not produced to British standards; and what steps he is taking to ensure pork products carry labelling indicating from which country the pork has been sourced.
(172829)
371
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effects of the increases in prices of feed on the pig farming industry.
(172998)
372
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of worldwide increases in cereal prices on the livestock industry in England.
(172999)
373
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the change in volume of bioethanol production of fuel from cereals; and what assessment he has made of its effect on cereal prices.
(173000)
374
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the size was of the total breeding herd of pigs in England in each of the last 10 years.
(173001)
375
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to raise the levels of grants available for the Low Carbon building programme; and if he will make a statement.
(173130)
376
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to implement the recommendations in the Net Benefits report on the development of the UK's Recreational Sea Angling sector, in particular the recommendation that bass be considered as a recreational species.
(172781)
377
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173503)
378
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173529)
379
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to help residents whose property has been affected by the proposed Thames and Severn canal scheme.
(172703)
380
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for how long the scheme proposing the restoration of the Thames and Severn canal has been in place.
(172705)
381
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to publish the MWH report into the Thames and Severn canal.
(172706)
382
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to collect recent data on the carbon dioxide emissions from Departments; and if he will make a statement.
(172801)
383
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what meetings he has had with environmental non governmental organisations (NGOs) to discuss the international meeting of the parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, being held in Bali; and whether the Government has provided financial support to assist such NGOs to attend the Bali meeting.
(172802)
384
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many Departmental employees were paid (a) over £60,000 and (b) over £100,000 per annum, inclusive of bonuses, in the most recent financial year for which figures are available.
(173104)
385
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent changes have there been in the allocation of funding for medium-term plans submitted to the Environment Agency.
(172717)
386
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what score on the Environment Agency's predetermined scale is necessary for an application for medium-term plan funding to be classed as favourable for approval; and what score was needed to reach this rating for each of the last five years.
(172718)
387
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what information his Department has collected on the number of calls (a) received, (b) answered and (c) abandoned to phonelines operated by his Department and its agencies, broken down by subejct matter of call.
(173098)
388
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 26th November 2007, Official Report, columns 28-9W, on animal welfare: codes of practice, how his Department will validate the objectivity of the research it has commissioned from the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.
(172800)
389
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28th November 2007, Official Report, column 537W, on game birds, what the (a) evidential basis and (b) methodology was for the estimate the report referred to that 99 per cent. of game birds shot for sport were destined for the food chain; and if he will make a statement.
(172820)
390
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28th November 2007, Official Report, column 537W, on game birds, what steps he took to (a) verify and (b) audit the consultations undertaken by public and corporate economic consultants in relation to the 2006 report referred to.
(172821)
391
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 3rd December 2007, Official Report, column 740W, on game: non-domestic rates, what (a) statutory and (b) other obligations his Department is under to report relevant information on valuation and the recovery of taxation to the Valuation Office Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(172823)
392
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd December 2007, Official Report, column 738W, on convention on biological diversity, what assessment he has made of the effect on section III, paragraph 23, regarding a moratorium on the development of genetic use restriction technologies, of decision V/5 of the Convention on Biological Diversity on socio-economic and scientific assessments; and if he will make a statement.
(173239)
393
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of (a) set-up and (b) annual running costs of the Green Homes initiative, broken down by main budget heading.
(173151)
394
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of households to be offered energy-saving advice from Government-funded initiatives in (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09 and (c) 2009-10.
(173152)
395
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been committed from the private sector to date for the Environmental Research Institute.
(173153)
396
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which organisations have pledged contributions to the Environmental Research Institute.
(173154)
397
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the lowest economic rate of return is for an approved flood defence project; and how many unapproved projects for which calculations had been made the projected rate of return was equal to or higher than that figure.
(173539)
398
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will give consideration to removing the River Trent catchment area from the nitrate vulnerable zone on grounds of the long-term downward trend in nitrate content in the river.
(173251)
399
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many organisations are involved in the management of surface water flooding in North Yorkshire.
(173084)
400
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12th November 2007, Official Report, column 14W, on the responsibility for surface water flooding, what additional tasks the Environment Agency will perform under its responsibilities for maintaining a strategic overview of all forms of flood risk; and what budget will be available for those additional tasks.
(173085)
401
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects Sir Michael Pitt to publish the results of his review into the summer floods.
(173086)
402
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) men and (b) women are employed by his Department, broken down by civil service grade.
(172688)
403
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the ban on wild bird imports on the illegal trade in wild birds.
(172694)
404
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many seizures of wild birds imported illegally have been made since the import ban on wild birds has been put in place.
(172695)
405
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) CITES and (b) non-CITES listed reptiles were imported into the EU in each year between 2000 and 2006.
(172696)
406
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) CITES and (b) non-CITES listed birds were imported into the EU each year between 2000 and 2006.
(172697)
407
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will list imported reptiles by (a) wild caught, (b) captive bred and (c) ranched CITES listed categories imported into the EU in 2006.
(172698)
408
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will list imported birds by (a) wild caught and (b) captive bred categories imported into the EU in 2006.
(172699)
409
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) CITES and (b) non-CITES listed reptiles were imported into the UK from (i) inside and (ii) outside the EU in each year between 2000 and 2007.
(172700)
410
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many (a) CITES and (b) non-CITES listed birds were imported into the UK from (i) inside and (ii) outside the EU in each year between 2000 and 2007.
(172701)
411
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative on the animal welfare standards related to the production of the meat and eggs purchased by public sector bodies; and if he will make a statement.
(173459)
412
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Public Sector Food Procurement Initiative for public sector bodies concluded on the purchase of conventional battery eggs or food and meals using such eggs; and if he will make a statement.
(173461)
413
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to encourage mixed plastic recycling; and if he will make a statement.
(172949)
414
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the recycling rates were for each London borough in each year since 1997.
(172950)
415
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects the fluvial study of the lower Derwent to be published.
(173448)
416
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21st November 2007, Official Report, column 860W, on angling, for what reason he did not launch a consultation on the draft Recreational Sea Angling Strategy in November 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(173003)
417
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21st November 2007, Official Report, column 860W, on angling, on what date the final draft of the draft Recreational Sea Angling Strategy was approved for publication for consultation; and if he will make a statement.
(173004)
418
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons the draft Recreational Sea Angling Strategy was not published for consultation between January and March; and if he will make a statement.
(173005)
419
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) targets and (b) deadlines for achieving them were set out in each Marine and Fisheries Business Plan published by his Department since 1997; which targets were (i) reached and (ii) not reached by the deadlines; and if he will make a statement.
(173006)
420
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what account he will take of the likely costs of the proposed (a) Marine Management Organisation and (b) reforms of the Sea Fisheries Committees when deciding to allocate the moneys allocated to his Department in the next Comprehensive Spending Review period; and if he will make a statement.
(173007)
421
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his estimate is of the costs to the public purse of introducing the measures proposed in the Marine Bill White Paper over the next 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(173008)
422
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he will decide on the grants he will give to the Marine and Fisheries Agency for each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(173009)
423
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what account he will take of the likely costs to the Marine and Fisheries Agency of the proposed EU legislation on electronic recording and reporting of fish when deciding to allocate the moneys allocated to his Department in the next Comprehensive Spending Review period; and if he will make a statement.
(173010)
424
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received from the Marine and Fisheries Agency on its budget for each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(173011)
425
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects further proposals from the Commission Communication: A Policy to Reduce Unwanted By-catch and Eliminate Discards in European Fisheries (COM (2007) 136 final) to be discussed at a Fisheries Council meeting; and if he will make a statement.
(173012)
426
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with (a) his Belgian counterpart, (b) his Danish counterpart, (c) his French counterpart, (d) his Portuguese counterpart, (e) his Spanish counterpart and (f) the European Commission on the submission of discard data to the Commission's Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries; and if he will make a statement.
(173013)
427
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2007, Official Report, columns 1097-8W, on seas and oceans: biodiversity, which special areas of conservation he has identified beyond the 12 nautical mile limit; what measures he is taking to protect these areas; and if he will make a statement.
(173014)
428
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what funding has been provided for fisheries-related science in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(173015)
429
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many times on-board observers have visited UK fishing vessels in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(173016)
430
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much he intends to spend on (a) fisheries science and (b) the science fisheries partnership in the next Comprehensive Spending Review period; and if he will make a statement.
(173017)
431
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to undertake research into developing market opportunities for low-value fish; and if he will make a statement.
(173018)
432
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to alter the proportion of 2008 quota received by the (a) producer organisations, (b) 10 metre and under fleet and (c) non-sector compared to the allocation for 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(173019)
433
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what he estimates to be an appropriate amount of quota for the 10 metre and under fleet for each fish stock; and if he will make a statement.
(173020)
434
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to resume discussions with the devolved administrations on the quota management change programme; and if he will make a statement.
(173021)
435
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to announce proposals to reform the management of the 10 metre and under fleet; and if he will make a statement.
(173022)
436
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he intends to allow 10 metre and under vessels to continue to lease quota from the producer organisations in 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(173023)
437
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much quota available to skippers in each sector has been unused in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(173024)
438
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the European Commission on the classification of the (a) 10 metre and under fleet and (b) 10 metre and over fleet; whether there are any proposals to change this classification; and if he will make a statement.
(173025)
439
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28th November 2007, Official Report, column 530W, on Seabed: Scotland, when he next plans to discuss the Marine Bill with the devolved administrations; if he will discuss the control of the seabed to the 200 nautical miles limit around Scotland; whether he intends to use the Marine Bill to give the Scottish Executive control over that seabed; and if he will make a statement.
(173026)
440
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what responsibilities (a) his Department and (b) the Scottish Executive have within the (a) six and (b) 12 nautical mile limit around Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(173027)
441
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what factors he took into account when deciding the date on which to announce the recreational sea angling strategy; and which bodies he consulted while formulating the strategy.
(173032)
442
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 26th November 2007, Official Report, column 41W, on the Fisheries Protection Squadron, whether consideration has been giving to contracting the Fisheries Protection Squadron for up to 960 patrol days.
(173033)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
443
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173502)
444
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions (a) he and (b) his Department have had with (i) French and (ii) Colombian officials on negotiations to secure the release of Ingrid Betancourt and other hostages kidnapped by Colombian guerillas; and if he will make a statement.
(173508)
445
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173528)
446
Richard Burden (Birmingham, Northfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received on conditions for children in care in Bulgaria; and whether he plans to make representations on the matter to the Bulgarian authorities.
(172702)
447
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2007, Official Report, column 705W, on Venezuela, what specific assessment he has made of (a) the personnel involved and (b) the funding streams of the Venezuelan chapter, Transparencia Venezuela, of Transparency International.
(172724)
448
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department compiles statistics on the numbers of British citizens resident and working in each of the new acessession states of the European Union.
(172994)
449
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the most recent United States intelligence agencies' National Intelligence Estimate Report, Iran: Nuclear Intentions and Capabilities.
(173081)
450
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of progress made by the Southern Sudan Peace and Reconciliation Commission in facilitating South-South dialogue.
(173247)
451
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the government of Sudan has approved landing and night flying rights to all UNAMID aircraft.
(173248)
452
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) financial, (b) staffing and (c) other resources the Government has provided for the former Prime Minister in his role as Middle East Envoy for the Quartet.
(172178)
453
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) financial, (b) staffing and (c) other resources the Government plans to provide over each of the next three years for the former Prime Minister in his role as Middle East Envoy for the Quartet.
(172179)
454
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether details of (a) the role of the right hon. Tony Blair as the Middle East Envoy for the Quartet, (b) his salary, (c) his team, (d) his costs and (e) funding for the role will be published by the Quartet.
(172596)
455
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe on the conduct of the recent elections in Russia.
(173372)
456
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) correspondence and (b) discussions he has had in response to the finding in November of the Coroner of New South Wales that British citizens Brian Peters, Malcolm Rennie and other newsmen were killed deliberately in Timor-Leste in 1975; and if he will make a statement.
(172874)
457
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd December 2007, Official Report, columns 1059-60W, on peacekeeping operations: private sector, whether his Department has concluded a formal study of the services provided to the Government by private military security companies in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; and if he will make a statement.
(172786)
458
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd December 2007, Official Report, columns 1054-5W, on Iraq Neighbours Conference, whether dates have been set for the next meeting of the working groups on (a) energy, (b) security and (c) refugees.
(172787)
459
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what decisions were taken at the meeting of E3+3 Political Directors in Paris on 1st December about the next stage in discussions with Iran over its nuclear programme; and when the next meeting between Javier Solana and Saeed Jalili is expected.
(172792)
460
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether Iran is meeting its commitments under the IAEA-Iran work plan of August 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(172793)
461
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many unique visitors there were to each departmental blog in the last month; how many full-time equivalent staff work on each blog; and what the costs of each were for 2007-08.
(173177)
462
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his Department's budget for translating government publications and online services into other languages (a) was in 2006-07 and (b) is for 2007-08.
(173351)
463
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) political and (b) economic situation in Bangladesh.
(172773)
464
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by his Department.
(172740)
465
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28th November 2007, Official Report, column 497W, on Crime of Aggression Special Working Group, what the Government's policy is on the proposal that a crime of aggression should not be investigated by the court in circumstances where the Security Council has not made a determination due to the use of the veto by one or more of the permanent members.
(172704)
466
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Russian government on the recent incident in November when a Russian military aircraft penetrated UK airspace along the Wash.
(172172)
467
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to ensure that the final version of the European Union Reform Treaty is made available to hon. members before the Treaty is signed on 14th December.
(172173)
468
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the Ethiopia and Eritrea border dispute.
(172940)
469
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assistance his Department is providing to the people of Tristan da Cunha; and if he will make a statement.
(172942)
470
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many election observers were sent from the UK to monitor the recent Russian elections.
(172948)
471
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what departmental guidelines his Department uses on the size of delegation that Ministers will meet in a private meeting; and how many meetings each Minister in his Department has had at the request of hon. Members in the last two years.
(173449)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
472
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many officials in his Department work on policy on encouraging mass participation in sport.
(172845)
473
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what changes in the allocation of responsibilities for policy on sport between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport and his Department have taken place since he became Secretary of State.
(172846)
474
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department plans to spend on encouraging mass participation in sport in 2007-08.
(172847)
475
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to answer Question 167022, on the NHS Litigation Authority, tabled by the hon. Member for Billericay on 19th November.
(172850)
476
N
John Barrett (Edinburgh West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his most recent estimate is of a woman's risk of contracting breast cancer across her lifetime; and if he will make a statement.
(172169)
477
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts are operating waiting lists for patients wishing to access primary dental care.
[R] (172716)
478
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department last conducted an assessment of the level of (a) need and (b) demand for NHS primary dental care.
[R] (172752)
479
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of the value of the dental healthcare market was borne by (a) the NHS and (b) private practice in each year since 1997; and how this is calculated.
[R] (172753)
480
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospital trusts have installed Cerner's Millennium System; on what date it was installed; which hospital trusts are expected to install the system and when; what the name is of the senior clinician on each hospital IT board; which Minister is responsible for the system roll out; what representations he has received from clinicians in hospitals using the system on their experience of using it; if he will ask a chief medical officer to consult clinicians using the system in (a) Kent, (b) Sussex, (c) Cheshire and (d) Buckinghamshire; and if he will update the figures provided previously in the Answer of 23rd July 2007, Official Report, columns 823-4W.
(173426)
481
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many assaults on ambulance staff have been committed in each of the last three years, broken down by ambulance trust.
(173230)
482
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173501)
483
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173527)
484
Derek Conway (Old Bexley & Sidcup): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report prepared by KPMG and paid for by NHS London and the acute hospital trusts in outer South East London which provides analysis of the financial viability of the four acute hospital trusts in outer South East London.
(172685)
485
John Cummings (Easington): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were prescribed methadone and other hard drug substitutes in (a) County Durham and (b) Easington constituency in each year since 2000.
(172763)
486
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons breast screening waiting times in the Humberside breast screening area are beyond the three year target; and what plans there are to bring such waiting times within the target.
(173439)
487
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with those social enterprises operating health services in (a) the Forest of Dean and (b) Stroud.
(173198)
488
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what support his Department is providing to clinicians to deal with patients identified as having (a) a sickle cell disease and (b) Thalassaemia through the National Screening Programme.
(173235)
489
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with a sickle cell disease through the National Newborn Screening Programme, broken down by (a) region, (b) primary care trust and (c) constituency.
(173236)
490
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 26th April 2007, Official Report, column 1263W, on blood: diseases, what progress his Department has made on the development and management of 10 managed clinical networks for Thalassaemia and sickle cell disease.
(173538)
491
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26th November 2007, Official Report, column 232W, on Atkinson Morley Hospital, in which years the expenditure referred to was incurred; and if he will break down the total given down by main budget heading for each such year.
(172646)
492
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) children under 16, (b) young people aged 16 to 24 and (c) people over 24 with autism.
(173545)
493
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 21st November 2007, Official Report, column 665W, what information regarding (a) providers and (b) receivers of unpaid care is collected (i) centrally and (ii) by local authorities.
(173554)
494
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with fibromyalgia in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(172968)
495
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with meningitis in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(172969)
496
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(172970)
497
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th November 2007, Official Report, column 822W, on departmental public participation, if he will place in the Library copies of the (a) summary and (b) full reports of findings for each of the three listed surveys.
(173147)
498
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department conducts (a) focus groups and (b) other qualitative or quantitative opinion research of (i) doctors and (ii) nurses.
(173366)
499
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his estimate is of the annual financial cost of the incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease to the National Health Service; and if he will make a statement.
(173112)
500
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the annual cost to the NHS arising from injuries which occur due to poor eyesight.
(173073)
501
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions he has had with the alcohol industry on new programmes to reduce binge drinking amongst young (a) men and (b) women; and if he will make a statement.
(173261)
502
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he last held discussions with the National Association of Cigarette Machine Operators.
(173268)
503
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who is the senior official responsible for the Modernising Medical Careers Programme Board.
(172486)
504
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who has been the senior official responsible for user involvement in the National Programme for IT/Connecting for Health Programme since its inception, with the periods for which each official was responsible.
(172487)
505
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) men and (b) women are employed by his Department, broken down by civil service grade.
(172691)
506
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether funding was made available by the Government to primary care trusts to cover the cost of reimbursing nursing care charges arising from appeals tribunals.
(172707)
507
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 23rd October 2007, Official Report, column 262W, on community matrons, what assessment he has made of progress in meeting his departmental target of recruiting 3,000 community matrons by 2008.
(173234)
508
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the number of suicides committed by people who have received treatment for mental illness in each of the last five years.
(173280)
509
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dedicated beds were available for mental health patients in each year from 1997 to 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(173281)
510
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist nurses are available to treat patients with long-term conditions; and what plans he has to increase the numbers of specialist nurses treating patients with long-term conditions.
(173282)
511
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many mothers have been diagnosed with post-natal depression in each year since 1997 (a) one week, (b) one month and (c) one year after giving birth; and how many mother and baby beds are available in mental health units.
(173283)
512
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library copies of all representations received in response to his Department's national framework for responding to an influenza pandemic; and if he will make a statement.
(172777)
513
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data are being recorded under the RiO patient care records system.
(172896)
514
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much (a) capital and (b) revenue expenditure there has been on the National Programme for IT and Connecting for Health in each year since the programme began; and how much (i) capital and (ii) revenue spending has been budgeted for each remaining year of the programme.
(172897)
515
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 20th November 2007, Official Report, columns 838-9W, on social services: finance, whether the official steering group is the same as the review of the social care funding group announced by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill on 30th March 2006.
(172898)
516
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many organs of each type were (a) donated and (b) required to treat people in each year since organ donation began.
(172899)
517
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Southend West of 20th October 2003, Official Report, column 470W, on rheumatoid arthritis, what his latest estimate is of the number of people that anti-TNF drugs help; and what the evidential basis for this figure is.
(172900)
518
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions Ministers have had with their EU counterparts on the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council on (a) the provision of healthcare to English nationals in France and (b) electronic patient record-sharing across Europe.
(172901)
519
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) foreign and (b) French nationals used the NHS in each of the last 10 years.
(172902)
520
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which trusts are in the financially challenged trust regime; and if he will publish the reports relating to them.
(172903)
521
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts are (a) purchasing and (b) considering purchasing commissioning support from the 14 organisations appointed to the Framework for Procuring External Support for Commissioners.
(172904)
522
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish all documents of (a) his Department and (b) Connecting for Health on the review into the possibility of NHS patient data being processed overseas by approved organisations.
(172905)
523
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase awareness of rheumatoid arthritis in the workplace; and what plans he has to issue guidance to employers on supporting employees with rheumatoid arthritis.
(172907)
524
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many drugs for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis were dispensed in the community in each year since 1997; and at what net ingredient cost.
(172908)
525
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished episodes of care there were for patients with a (a) primary diagnosis and (b) secondary diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis in each year since 1997-98.
(172909)
526
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the expenditure by (a) his Department's research and development budget and (b) the Medical Research Council on research into rheumatoid arthritis was in each year since 1997-98.
(172910)
527
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new cases of rheumatoid arthritis were diagnosed in each of the last five years.
(172911)
528
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people in England diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis in each (a) strategic health authority area and (b) primary care trust area in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(172913)
529
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what effect the recent renegotiation of the Connecting for Health contract with BT has had on the (a) capital and (b) revenue costs of the programme.
(172914)
530
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change there has been in the value of the Connecting for Health contract with BT following the recent renegotiation.
(172915)
531
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make available the details of the renegotiation of the Connecting for Health contract with each of the local service providers.
(172916)
532
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many babies were stillborn in England in each of the last five years.
(172917)
533
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many babies in England were born underweight in the most recent period for which figures are available; and what assessment he has made of the principal causes are of babies being underweight at birth.
(172918)
534
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what means the DHL contract for supply and delivery of medical supplies and equipment to the NHS is being evaluated; and if he will make a statement.
(172919)
535
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the terms of reference are of the joint Office of Government Commerce and NHS Purchasing Supply Review; when the review will be completed; and whether the results of the review will be published.
(172920)
536
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the result of the Strategic Review of Collaborative Procurement in the NHS was; and if he will publish the report of the review.
(172921)
537
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what expected NHS expenditure on medical supplies and equipment is for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(172923)
538
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish information his Department holds on the effects of diet (a) before and (b) during pregnancy on the birth weight of babies.
(172924)
539
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which teams across Whitehall worked on the review of social care funding announced by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill on 30th March 2006; how many people worked in each of those teams; and how many officials worked on the review.
(172929)
540
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the review of social care funding group announced by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill on 30th March 2006 met; and whether the personnel of that group remained as announced by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill.
(172930)
541
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment the review of social care funding group announced by the hon. Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill on 30th March 2006 made of (a) the long-term costs and cost pressures associated with social care, (b) who should pay for social care services, (c) secondary products relevant to long-term care and (d) options for whole system reform.
(172931)
542
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much blood was donated via the National Blood Donor Scheme in each year that the scheme has been running.
(172932)
543
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to introduce a national strategy for the care and treatment of people with rheumatoid arthritis.
(172934)
544
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the total cost to (a) the NHS and (b) social services of rheumatoid arthritis in the latest period for which figures are available.
(172935)
545
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons an EU-wide legal framework for organ donation has been proposed.
(173002)
546
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) people and (b) children who would be denied access to medical care if the Proposal to Exclude Overseas Visitors from Eligibility to Free NHS Primary Medical Services is implemented; and if he will make a statement.
(173373)
547
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the incidence of communicable diseases in the general population if the Proposal to Exclude Overseas Visitors from Eligibility to Free NHS Primary Medical Services is implemented; and if he will make a statement.
(173374)
548
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will publish all the written responses received by his Department to the consultation on the Proposal to Exclude Overseas Visitors from Eligibility to Free NHS Primary Medical Services.
(173375)
549
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the results of the consultation on the Proposal to Exclude Overseas Visitors from Eligibility to Free NHS Primary Medical Services.
(173376)
550
N
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of new buildings approved by his Department were built to the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (a) very good and (b) excellent standard in each of the last five years; and what the construction cost of those buildings was.
(172292)
551
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people received free eye tests in each London borough in each year since 1997.
(172943)
552
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost of implementing the recommendations of Lord Darzi's report; and if he will make a statement.
(172945)
553
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the initial clinical trial related to the research project into Duchenne muscular dystrophy will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the Government's future support for the project.
(172809)
554
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the Joint Formulary Committee on biotechnology medicines with respect to biosimilars.
(173113)
555
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the potential risk to human health from adverse drug reactions arising from the interchange of innovator biological medicines with biosimilar medicines.
(173114)
556
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will recommend that the British National Formulary designate biotechnology medicines as caution advised until research data demonstrates that they pose no risk to human health.
(173115)
557
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will direct the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency to require biosimilar medicines to carry a warning symbol until research demonstrates that they pose no risk to human health.
(173116)
558
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance is issued to (a) clinicians and (b) pharmacists on (i) the potential substitution risks associated with switching from innovator biological medicines to biosimilar medicines and (ii) the role of clinician choice in the prescription and dispensing of innovator biological medicines and biosimilar medicines.
(173117)
559
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure that biopharmaceutical products are prescribed uniquely by brand name rather than by international nonproprietary name.
(173118)
560
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what measures are in place to ensure it is clear which adverse drug reaction arises as a result of the administration of which biopharmaceutical product.
(173119)
561
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on the quality of evidence submitted by the Liverpool Reviews and Implementation Group to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's review of the economic models for determining cost-effectiveness in technology appraisals.
(173120)
562
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department has issued to the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the remit of its review of economic models for determining cost-effectiveness in technology appraisals.
(173121)
563
Dr Desmond Turner (Brighton, Kemptown): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence proposes to review its economic model for determining cost-effectiveness in technology appraisals.
(173122)
564
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2007, Official Report, column 1130W, on transplant surgery: waiting lists, how many people were on a waiting list for an organ transplant in each primary care trust area in each year since 2001, broken down by type of organ.
(173069)
565
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd December 2007, Official Report, column 1015W, on sexually transmitted diseases, if he will break down the figures supplied by age-group.
(173070)
566
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts provide specialist eating disorder services for those aged under 13 years.
(172782)
567
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the procedure is for investigating complaints about standards of care and abuse and neglect in care homes; and what the procedure was before 2006.
(172825)
568
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to ensure that standards of nursing care in nursing homes in England are inspected by registered nurses.
(172826)
569
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria are used to judge the performance of care homes; and how many (a) care homes, (b) residential homes and (c) nursing homes were ordered to close in each of the last five years, broken down by local authority area.
(172925)
570
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements are in place for the inspection of (a) nursing homes and (b) hospital wards for elderly patients.
(172926)
571
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many registered nursing inspectors were available to inspect nursing and care homes in England in each of the last five years.
(172939)
572
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the provision of healthcare by his Department to former servicemen and women with combat stress.
(172886)
573
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) longest and (b) average waiting time for electric wheelchair provision was in the last 12 months; and what steps he is taking to reduce waiting times.
(172888)
574
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what types of prosthetic limbs are available on the NHS.
(172889)
575
Richard Younger-Ross (Teignbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what continuing obligations his Department has for the medical care of servicemen and women injured in the course of service after they have been discharged; and if he will make a statement.
(172892)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
576
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will introduce limits on the amount of time children may be held in immigration removal centres.
(172747)
577
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Research, Information and Communications Unit was instigated; what factors underlay the decision to create this unit; how many officials are employed in the unit; and if she will make a statement.
(172384)
578
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress has been made with plans to introduce a new national three digit non-emergency phone number for contacting the police; and if she will make a statement.
(173131)
579
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to establish safe houses to which trafficked children discovered by police may be conducted.
(172843)
580
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2007, Official Report, columns 662-4W, on racial violence, how many and what percentage of those incidents resulted in a conviction.
(172180)
581
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 28th November 2007, Official Report, column 468W, on police, how many police constables left the service in each age band in each of the last 10 years.
(172181)
582
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of religious hate crime against police officers were recorded in each police force area in each of the last five years.
(172602)
583
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether it is her Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173500)
584
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for her Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173526)
585
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum claimants whose claims have failed have been deported or otherwise removed from the UK since 1st April 2003.
(172683)
586
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum claimants have received leave to remain as a result of grant of (a) asylum, (b) humanitarian protection, (c) discretionary leave and (d) family indefinite leave to remain since 1st April 2003, broken down by nationality; and how many dependants have received leave to remain in each of these categories and nationalities.
(172684)
587
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what sum she has allocated to the 101 helpline service in the Northumbria Police Authority area; and how many calls have been received.
(172480)
588
John Cummings (Easington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many 999 calls were made in the Durham police authority area in each year since 2000.
(172764)
589
John Cummings (Easington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes of racial violence were reported in the Durham police authority area in each year since 2000; and how many resulted in conviction.
(172765)
590
John Cummings (Easington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions there were in Easington constituency for the illegal sale of alcohol from off licence premises in each year since 2000.
(172766)
591
N
James Duddridge (Rochford & Southend East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when a decision will be made on the application of Mrs Nyatsanza of Shoeburyness for the right to stay in the UK on the basis of marriage, Home Office reference C1090509.
(169322)
592
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether numbers of officers employed by non-Home Office police constabularies are counted when calculating total police manpower levels; and how many such officers are employed in each force.
(173125)
593
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will write to the Mayor of London and the Metropolitan Police Authority urging them to agree protocols with non-Home Office constabularies in London to allow them to access the Airwave Radio System.
(173237)
594
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department has issued to chief officers of police with regard to making the Airwave Radio System available to non-Home Office constabularies; and if she will list those non-Home Office police organisations which (a) do and (b) do not have access to the Airwave Radio System.
(173238)
595
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many recipients of support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 were (a) eligible for and (b) claiming free school meals in the latest period for which figures are available.
(172403)
596
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps have been taken to counter threats of nuclear terrorism against potential targets in the UK.
(172976)
597
Paul Flynn (Newport West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what contribution Ministers or officials from her Department made to the International Conference on Illicit Nuclear Trafficking: Collective Experience and the Way Forward, held in Edinburgh between 19th to 22nd November.
(172978)
598
N
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will implement the findings of the Proscribed Organisations Appeals Commission and remove the proscription from the People's Mojahedisn Organisation of Iran.
(172754)
599
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to publish the Border and Immigration Agency's strategy on mitigating risk from the common travel area; and if she will make a statement.
(172951)
600
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to extend Project Iris beyond the existing terminals at which it is installed; and if she will make a statement.
(172953)
601
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of (a) public and (b) private sector organisations which are likely to apply for licences to sponsor migrants.
(172957)
602
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether (a) Government departments and (b) executive agencies will be liable to pay the proposed £10,000 civil penalty for employing illegal workers.
(172958)
603
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff in her Department will be assigned to process (a) requests for a licence to sponsor foreign migrants and (b) migrant sponsor certificates.
(172963)
604
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the likely cost to local authorities of (a) becoming licensed to sponsor migrants and (b) issuing certificates of sponsorship to migrants.
(172964)
605
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for which compliance offences by sponsors of migrants her Department plans to seek (a) civil penalties and (b) prosecution.
(172965)
606
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimates she has made of the likely cost to the National Health Service of it (a) becoming licensed to sponsor migrants and (b) issuing certificates of sponsorship to migrants.
(172967)
607
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff in (a) her Department and (b) its agencies will be responsible for checking that licensed immigration sponsors are compliant with procedures when her Department begins to license organisations for the sponsorship of migrant workers.
(172971)
608
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of organisations that are likely to be B-rated when her Department begins to license organisations for the sponsorship of migrant workers; and if she will make a statement.
(172974)
609
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what projections she has made of the likely percentage of asylum seekers who will be recognised as refugees and granted asylum as an initial decision in (a) 2007, (b) 2008 and (c) 2009.
(173029)
610
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number and proportion of retailers who have sold (a) tobacco and (b) alcohol products to underage customers in each local authority area in Hampshire since 2005.
(172818)
611
Mr Doug Henderson (Newcastle upon Tyne North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders were made in the City of Newcastle-upon-Tyne in each year since their introduction.
(172757)
612
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20th November 2007, Official Report, column 677W, on crime: young people, whether any (a) handouts and (b) powerpoint presentations were prepared for this meeting.
(173140)
613
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20th November 2007, Official Report, column 677W, on crime: young people, what date has been fixed for the follow-up seminar.
(173141)
614
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20th November 2007, Official Report, column 677W, on crime: young people, if she will list the invitees for the follow-up seminar.
(173142)
615
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20th November 2007, Official Report, column 677W, on crime: young people, if she will place a copy in the Library of the recommendations.
(173143)
616
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20th November 2007, Official Report, column 677W, on crime: young people, whether any (a) agenda or (b) minutes was produced at the seminar.
(173144)
617
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 20th November 2007, Official Report, column 680W, on police stations, what information her Department holds on the number of stations that have closed.
(173146)
618
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost of the non-emergency 101 telephone number pilots was.
(173155)
619
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the budget is for the Border Police Force in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.
(173190)
620
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people in (a) Kent and (b) England who fraudulently obtained indefinite leave to remain were deported in the last 12 months.
(173132)
621
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make it her policy to revoke the status of a person granted indefinite leave to remain in the UK if it can be demonstrated that this status was acquired on a fraudulent basis.
(173442)
622
Mr Adam Ingram (East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the last Ministerial visit was to Dungavel Immigration Reception Centre; and when (a) she and (b) her Ministerial team next plans to visit the Centre.
(173067)
623
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by her Department.
(172738)
624
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she plans to introduce secondary legislation to authorise the police and security services to access the travel details of individuals by road, train and air.
(172481)
625
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to change the (a) membership and (b) responsibilities of police authorities.
(172853)
626
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions a custody officer in a designated police station has used video conferencing or similar facilities to carry out oversight functions of a person detained at a non-designated police station under section 45A of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984; and if she will make a statement.
(172854)
627
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many street bails there were in each police force area in each year since 2003.
(172855)
628
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what proportion of police officers recruited in each year since 1997 were graduates.
(172856)
629
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were per head of population in (a) each police force and (b) total in each year since 1997.
(172857)
630
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) anti-social behaviour orders and (b) acceptable behaviour contracts were issued by each police force in each year for which figures are available.
(172858)
631
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many members of the Special Constabulary there were in each police force area, in each year since 1997.
(172859)
632
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police officers and (b) operational police officers per head of population there were in each police authority in England in each of the last five years.
(172860)
633
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many officer working days were lost due to (a) stress and (b) illness in each police force in each of the last five years.
(172861)
634
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many civilian staff were employed by each police force in each year since 1997; and how many of those civilians were employed to perform tasks previously performed by uniformed officers.
(172862)
635
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many arrests were made by (a) police and (b) immigration officers for offences under the Immigration Act 1971 in each year since 1997.
(172864)
636
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the police authority precept was for each authority in England and Wales in each financial year since 1997.
(172866)
637
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) overspend and (b) underspend was for each police authority in England and Wales in each year since 1996-97.
(172867)
638
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much funding was allocated per head of population to each police authority in England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(172868)
639
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total police grant funding was for each police authority in each year since 1997.
(172869)
640
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many stop and account forms have been issued since their introduction in each police force area.
(172870)
641
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many stops and searches were conducted (a) in total and (b) per 1,000 population in each police force area, in each year since 1997; and what percentage of (i) the total and (ii) the number in each area resulted in an arrest in each year.
(172871)
642
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) anti-social behaviour orders and (b) acceptable behaviour contracts were (i) breached and (ii) breached leading to a conviction in each police force area in each year for which figures are available.
(172872)
643
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what pilots have been undertaken on the use by police of short-term holding facilities as an alternative to detention in police cells; and if she will make a statement.
(172873)
644
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 15th June 2007, Official Report, columns 1398-9W, on Vladimir Ismaili, whether Vladimir Ismaili has been deported.
(172778)
645
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were sought for extradition (a) from and (b) to the UK in each year since 1997.
(172947)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
646
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, whether it is the House's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for the festive decorations on the Commons part of the Parliamentary Estate.
(173480)
647
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for festive decorations on the Commons part of the Parliamentary estate; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173525)
648
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, pursuant to the Answer of 19th November 2007, Official Report, column 452W, on proof of identity, who proof-checked the text for the passes.
(172922)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
649
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173499)
650
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173524)
651
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate he has made of the likely cost to universities and colleges of (a) becoming licensed to sponsor migrants and (b) issuing certificates of sponsorship to migrants.
(172977)
652
Mr Doug Henderson (Newcastle upon Tyne North): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps he plans to take to encourage an increase in undergraduate course applications from those school leavers who reside in the Newcastle local education authority area.
(172761)
653
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what qualifications are included in the 3.7 million figure in paragraph D 4.9 in the 2007 Pre-Budget Report/Comprehensive Spending Review.
(173160)
654
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what changes have been made to his Department's budget since the publication of the comprehensive spending review conclusions on 9th October.
(173161)
655
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what changes have been made to his Department's budget for training and skills since the publication of the comprehensive spending review conclusions on 9th October.
(173162)
656
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, whether his Department has commissioned any assessment of the effectiveness of the Union Learning Fund in the past three years.
(173164)
657
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what funding was allocated to the Union Learning Fund in each year since 1998.
(173165)
658
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, whether eligibility for the new training places announced on 16th November are restricted to British citizens.
(173170)
659
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many adult and employer responsive training places will be available in the academic year 2010-11.
(173171)
660
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of individuals who will receive a training place following the announcement by his Department on 16th November 2007.
(173172)
661
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many of the training places announced by his Department on 16th November 2007 will be provided (a) full-time, (b) part-time and (c) via online arrangements.
(173173)
662
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what percentage of people who took up engineering courses were (a) male and (b) female in each of the last 10 years.
(173257)
663
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by his Department.
(172728)
664
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, by what means he intends to verify that students from (a) other EU member states, (b) England and Wales and (c) non-EU countries do not have a graduate qualification when applying for equivalent or lower qualification courses.
(173199)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
665
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173498)
666
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173523)
667
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the status is of the Eastern Sudan Reconstruction and Development Fund.
(173249)
668
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent reports he has received on local level conflict between the Hadendowa and the Beni Amer in Eastern Sudan.
(173250)
669
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the humanitarian situation in Zimbabwe.
(172398)
670
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department's work in Afghanistan is primarily intended to support the development work undertaken by the government of Afghanistan.
(173284)
671
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department's work in Afghanistan is primarily intended to support the counter-insurgency role of UK armed forces in Helmand Province.
(173285)
672
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what estimate he has made of the funding required to meet the immediate needs of the people affected by Cyclone Sidr in Bangladesh.
(172879)
673
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by his Department.
(172737)
674
Mr Virendra Sharma (Ealing Southall): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the Government's policy is on the inclusion of provisions on intellectual property rights in economic partnership agreements; and what assessment he has made of their likely effect on access to essential medicines.
(172988)
675
Mr Virendra Sharma (Ealing Southall): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the policy of the Government is on the end of the EU-African Caribbean and Pacific countries sugar protocol; and what steps the Government plans to take to ensure that producers in developing countries do not experience hardship from the end to the Protocol.
(172989)
676
Mr Virendra Sharma (Ealing Southall): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress there has been on the economic partnership agreement negotiations; and what progress he expects before the 1st January 2008 deadline.
(172997)
677
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the relief effort in Bangladesh following Cyclone Sidr.
(172183)
678
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what (a) financial and (b) other aid has been pledged by the UK to the Bangladesh relief effort; and what progress is being made on the delivery of this aid.
(172184)
679
N
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what percentage of school buildings approved by his Department were built to the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (a) very good and (b) excellent standard in each of the last five years; and what the construction cost of those buildings was.
(172293)
680
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how he plans to ensure that projects funded by the Environmental Transformation Fund - International Window meet sustainability standards.
(172600)
681
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make a statement on the distribution on food aid in the Lower Shabelle region of Somalia.
(172941)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
682
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173497)
683
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173513)
684
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what costs were incurred due to vandalism in young offender institutions in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006.
(172725)
685
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps his Department takes to ensure the safety of staff within young offender institutions when dealing with disruptive behaviour by inmates.
(172726)
686
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether there is a uniform application of lights out policies across all young offender institutions.
(172727)
687
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to his Statement of 5th December 2007 on the Carter Report, whether the three Titan prisons referred to will be run and staffed by the public sector.
(172755)
688
John Cummings (Easington): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) convictions for and (b) prosecutions of drug-related offences took place in Easington constituency in each year since 2000.
(172767)
689
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people are registered to use the Legal Services Commission's new IT system for online reporting of case outcomes and solicitors' claims for costs.
(173462)
690
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the reason was for the delay in the launching of the Legal Services Commission's new IT system for online reporting of case outcomes and solicitors' claims for costs; and if he will make a statement.
(173463)
691
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations his Department has received by legal service practitioners on the effectiveness of the Legal Services Commission's new IT system for online reporting of case outcomes and solicitors' claims for costs; and if he will make a statement.
(173464)
692
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what funding his Department has provided for the Legal Services Commission's new IT system for online reporting of case outcomes and solicitors' claims for costs; and if he will make a statement.
(173465)
693
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment has been made of the effectiveness of the Legal Services Commission's new IT system for online reporting of case outcomes and solicitors claims for costs; and if he will make a statement.
(173466)
694
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19th November 2007, Official Report, column 513W, on national identity cards, what budget has been allocated for the consultation referred to.
(173149)
695
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the likely change in the number of people who will be sent to prison in the first 12 months after the abolition of suspended sentences.
(172708)
696
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he is co-ordinating with other Departments to address the needs of offenders with learning difficulties and disabilities; and if he will make a statement.
(172955)
697
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many young offenders in England had a learning disability or difficulty at the latest date for which figures are available.
(172956)
698
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the proportion of young offenders who have significant communication difficulties which prevent them from engaging in educational programmes.
(172959)
699
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many qualified speech and language therapists provided a service to the Prison Service in each year since 1997.
(172960)
700
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what speech and learning disability awareness training is available to staff in prisons.
(172961)
701
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the Government has invested in the provision of speech and language therapy to prisoners in England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(173535)
702
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what obligation is placed on sentencing judges to consider the possibility of assessment for ADHD and related conditions and a subsequent rehabilitation package as part of the sentencing process.
(173536)
703
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what evaluation he has made of the effectiveness of prison based cognitive behavioural treatment programmes on reconviction rates.
(173537)
704
Mr Adam Ingram (East Kilbride, Strathaven and Lesmahagow): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what discussions he has had with the Scottish Executive on its plans to reform the Fatal Accident Inquiry system in order to allow inquiries into the deaths overseas of armed forces personnel who are based in Scotland; and if he will make a statement.
(173068)
705
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effect on the work of the Peterborough Rape Crisis organisation of the withdrawal of Victims Fund grant monies from 1st January 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(171948)
706
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much of the £3 million funding for specialist services for sexual crimes will be allocated to the Peterborough Rape Crisis organisation; and if he will make a statement.
(171949)
707
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what representations he has received on making local authorities cover the cost of reinstatement of gravestones after they have been deemed unsafe through topple testing.
(173515)
708
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by his Department.
(172739)
709
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were held in police cells in each police force area in each of the last five years; and at what estimated cost in each year.
(172863)
710
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of each category of fixed penalty notices have been (a) issued and (b) paid in each month since their introduction in each police force area.
(172865)
711
N
Hon Nicholas Soames (Mid Sussex): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many applications for judicial review were lodged on behalf of failed asylum seekers facing removal in each of the last five years; what percentage were granted in each year; what proportion these cases comprised of the number of cases before the Administrative Court in each year; and what the approximate cost was of each case.
(172789)
712
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how the piloting of withdrawal of benefits from unemployed offenders who do not comply with the terms of a community order made under section 177 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 is being monitored; and if he will make a statement.
(172808)
713
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether food served in young offender institutions and secure training centres complies with the nutritional standards delivered in schools; and what arrangements are in place to monitor compliance with such standards.
(173435)
714
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many allegations of prisoners being (a) raped and (b) sexually assaulted have been received by the Prison Service in each of the last five years.
(173436)
715
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many incidents of self-harm by (a) juvenile prisoners and (b) young adult prisoners have (i) been reported and (ii) required hospital treatment in each young offender institution in (A) 2005, (B) 2006 and (C) 2007 to date.
(173437)
716
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many juveniles were received into each (a) young offender institution, (b) secure training centre and (c) local authority secure children's home in each month since January 2006.
(173438)
717
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times handcuffs have been used on (a) boys and (b) girls in each secure training centre since January 2006.
(173444)
718
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many sentenced receptions in prisons in England and Wales were for (a) less than one month, (b) between one and three months, (c) between three and six months and (d) between six and 12 months in each of the last five years.
(173445)
719
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what injuries were incurred by girls held in New Hall Young Offenders Institution during control and restraint in each month in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.
(173467)
720
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what injuries were incurred by boys held in (a) Parc, (b) Lancaster Farms, (c) Warren Hill, (d) Thorn Cross and (e) Stoke Heath Young Offender Institutions during control and restraint in each month in (i) 2006 and (ii) 2007.
(173479)
721
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison officers have five or more passes at GCSE or equivalent at grades A to C.
(173519)
722
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children in secure custody were awarded five passes at A* to C at GCSE in each of the last five years.
(173542)
723
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many children in secure custody were awarded five passes at GCSE in each of the last five years, broken down by subject and grade achieved.
(173543)
724
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many juvenile sentenced receptions there were in to (a) prisons, (b) local authority units and (c) secure training centres in England and Wales for (i) less than one month, (ii) between one and three months, (iii) between three and six months and (iv) between six and 12 months in each of the last five years.
(173546)
725
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent on prison-based therapeutic residential units in each of the last five years; and how many beds are in each prison-based unit.
(173547)
Questions to the Leader of the House
726
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Leader of the House, what assessment she has made of the effect of public bill committees on the legislative process.
(172756)
727
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Leader of the House, what the (a) date, (b) location and (c) purpose was of each meeting she attended with the Prime Minister in (i) the week commencing 19th November and (ii) the week commencing 26th November.
(173345)
728
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Leader of the House, how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by her Office.
(172743)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
729
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173496)
730
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173522)
731
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what steps have been taken by the Parades Commission in relation to offensive and blasphemous placards displayed at the Gay Pride march in Belfast in August.
(172719)
732
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by his Department.
(172729)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
733
Mr Boris Johnson (Henley): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, if she will place in the Library copies of all monthly financial updates against the respective budgets of the (a) London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and (b) Olympic Delivery Authority.
(172966)
Questions to the Prime Minister
734
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, what supermarkets he has held meetings with to discuss throw-away plastic carrier bags.
(173150)
735
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, whether he has visited the Combat Stress centres at (a) Tyrwhitt House, (b) Hollybush House and (c) Audley Court in the last six months.
(173189)
736
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, what estimate he has made of the cost of severance pay for special advisers who left the Government between April and November 2007 or the nearest period for which figures are available.
(173191)
737
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Prime Minister, what the running costs were of 10 Downing Street in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07; and how much they are expected to be in 2007-08.
(172784)
738
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Prime Minister, how many people worked in 10 Downing Street on (a) 1st May 2007 and (b) 1st December 2007, broken down by policy area; and if he will make a statement.
(172785)
739
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Prime Minister, how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed in Number 10 Downing Street.
(172742)
740
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Prime Minister, whether Deborah Mattinson has (a) a desk, (b) a telephone, (c) office facilities and (d) administrative support provided in Number 10 Downing Street.
(172751)
741
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Prime Minister, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2007, Official Report, column 592W, on trade unions, if he will make it his policy to place in the Library at regular intervals a list giving details of all meetings held with trade union leaders.
(173065)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
742
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173495)
743
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173520)
744
Ms Katy Clark (North Ayrshire and Arran): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his Department is working towards an accredited certified environmental management system for (a) its whole estate or (b) some of its buildings.
(172770)
745
Ms Katy Clark (North Ayrshire and Arran): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his Department met the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate target to reverse the then upward trend in carbon emissions by April 2007.
(172771)
746
Ms Katy Clark (North Ayrshire and Arran): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his 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 recylcing figures to 40 per cent. of waste by 2010.
(172772)
747
Ms Katy Clark (North Ayrshire and Arran): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his Department has adopted the Carbon Trust's Carbon Management programme.
(173083)
748
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much his Department spent on special advisers in 2006-07; how much has been allocated for 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(173278)
749
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many (a) men and (b) women are employed by his Department, broken down by civil service grade.
(172693)
Questions to the Solicitor General
750
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Solicitor General, how many (a) prosecutions and (b) convictions have been obtained for the offence of fraud by false representation under section 2 of the Fraud Act 2006 arising from the distribution of false e-mail messages or phishing attacks.
(173231)
751
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Solicitor General, what (a) correspondence and (b) discussions she has had in response to the finding of the Coroner of New South Wales in November 2007 that British citizens Brian Peters and Malcolm Rennie and four other newsmen were killed deliberately in Timor-Leste in October 1975; and if she will make a statement.
(172832)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
752
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, how many performance indicators the Electoral Commission plans to set for local authorities.
(173473)
753
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what research the Commission has commissioned from NOP into electoral registration; and what the cost was of such research.
(173484)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
754
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether it is her Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173494)
755
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what her Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for her Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173510)
756
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what her policy is on the charging of administrative fees by rail travel ticket agents when issuing refunds to customers.
(172882)
757
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the effect of the recent increase in costs of unregulated train tickets; and if she will make a statement.
(172883)
758
N
Ben Chapman (Wirral South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether she plans to increase consumer protection in relation to unregulated rail fares.
(172884)
759
Mr Dai Davies (Blaenau Gwent): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will assess the merits of erecting speed limit signs alongside signs indicating the presence of speed cameras in terms of road safety; and if she will make a statement.
(172803)
760
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many Departmental employees were paid (a) over £60,000 and (b) over £100,000 per annum, inclusive of bonuses, in the most recent financial year for which figures are available.
(173107)
761
N
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions she has had with Southeastern Railway on the proposed 13 per cent. fare increase at Bexleyheath Station.
(170302)
762
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will release details of submissions to the public consultation on expanding Heathrow on a regular basis as the consultation progresses.
(172713)
763
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many households have been sent the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport Summary consultation document, broken down by (a) London borough and (b) ward; and if she will make a statement.
(172715)
764
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will take into account the number of responses to the public consultation on the expansion of Heathrow Airport in reaching her decision on the project; and if she will make a statement.
(172812)
765
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether she has included the result of the Attitudes to Noise from Aviation Sources in England in the assumptions underlying data shown in the Adding Capacity at Heathrow Airport public consultation document; and if she will make a statement.
(173110)
766
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she will provide a substantive reply to the request by the hon. Member for Putney for an internal review in relation to the Freedom of Information request of 11th June 2007.
(173111)
767
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the evidential basis is of the stated need to increase the capacity on the Portsmouth mainline and use high density suburban rolling stock; and if she will make a statement.
(172817)
768
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd December 2007, Official Report, column 856W, on trains: standards, what opportunities her Department has given passengers on Desiro Class 450 trains to submit their views on the level of comfort afforded by such rolling stock.
(172822)
769
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd December 2007, Official Report, column 857W, on ports, if she will place in the Library a full copy of the ergonomic study on the Desiro Class 450s rolling stock.
(173240)
770
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2007, Official Report, column 605W, on Severn Bridge: Tolls, what the total revenue was from tolls on the Severn Bridges in each year since 1992.
(173551)
771
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will place in the Library a copy of the Government Car and Despatch Agency's latest customer satisfaction survey results.
(173178)
772
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent assessment she has made on the effect on the quality of life in rural communities of standards of roads and levels of road usage; and if she will make a statement.
(172400)
773
Mr Adam Holloway (Gravesham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the likely effect on rates of passenger car usage in the reigon served by the South Eastern rail franchise in 2008 as a result of recent changes to fares under the franchise.
(173232)
774
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) deaths and (b) serious injuries were sustained by people aged (i) under 16, (ii) between 16 and 24, (iii) between 25 and 65 and (iv) over 65 years as a result of road traffic accidents in the West Midlands in each of the last five years.
(173488)
775
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by her Department.
(172732)
776
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment her Department has made of changes in congestion on South West Trains rail services following the decision not to allow South West Trains use of old Eurostar platforms at Waterloo station; and if she will make a statement.
(173279)
777
N
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of new buildings approved by her Department were built to the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (a) very good and (b) excellent standard in each of the last five years; and what the construction cost of those buildings was.
(172294)
778
N
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on which railway lines services will not be running on Boxing Day.
(172170)
779
N
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether she plans to convert any of the Woodhead tunnels to road use.
(172984)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
780
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173492)
781
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173512)
782
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by his Department.
(172734)
783
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, when the Government first received the draft legislative competence order on the supervision of the right to buy from the Welsh Assembly Government.
(172689)
784
N
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, if he will list those meetings he has helped to arrange between ministerial colleagues across Government and Welsh business representatives over the last 12 months.
(172690)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
785
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what plans the Government has to increase support for families affected by domestic violence.
(172807)
786
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, for what reasons responsibilities for administering the provisions of the Equal Pay Act 1970, Sex Discrimination Act 1975, Race Relations Act 1976, Sex Discrimination (Election Candidates Act) 2002, Civil Partnerships Act 2004 and the Equality Act 2006 are divided between Departments.
(172594)
787
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what changes have been made to ministerial responsibility for each equality strand in the last year; and how these changes have been communicated to (a) staff and (b) stakeholders.
(172595)
788
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by the Government Equalities Office.
(172735)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
789
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what health and safety advice is issued to his Department's agencies on Christmas decorations.
(171846)
790
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been (a) made available to and (b) taken up by his Department's agencies for the purchase of Christmas decorations.
(171847)
791
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when his Department's year ends for the purpose of assessing staff performance; and when staff receive performance bonuses.
(172126)
792
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in how many cases his Department has issued a debt recovery waiver with regard to the money owed to his Department where there are very special circumstances under medical grounds.
(173129)
793
Hugh Bayley (City of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which countries have (a) signed and (b) ratified the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; when the UK Government intends to ratify the convention; and if he will make a statement.
(173269)
794
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether it is his Department's policy to use (a) incandescent light bulbs and (b) LED lights for festive decorations on departmental premises.
(173491)
795
Malcolm Bruce (Gordon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's policy is on the selection of (a) real and (b) artificial Christmas trees for his Department's festive decorations; and how real trees are disposed of.
(173514)
796
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people who worked for the Child Support Agency have been fired for gross incompetence since the agency was established.
(172985)
797
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many Departmental employees were paid (a) over £60,000 and (b) over £100,000 per annum, inclusive of bonuses, in the most recent financial year for which figures are available.
(173106)
798
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children in families of recipients of (a) income support, (b) income-based jobseeker's allowance and (c) the guaranteed credit part of pension credit are (i) eligible for and (ii) claiming free school meals in the latest period for which figures are available.
(172401)
799
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people aged 16 to 18 years who receive income support or income-based jobseeker's allowance in their own right were (a) eligible for and (b) claiming free school meals in the latest period for which figures are available.
(172402)
800
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2007, Official Report, columns 333-4W, on fuel payments, in what form information relating to eligibility for winter fuel allowance is (a) collected and (b) made available; and what estimate his Department has made of the number of pensioner households eligible for the winter fuel allowance in (i) Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, (ii) the South West and (iii) England.
(172795)
801
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answers of 27th November 2007, Official Report, columns 328-9W, on children: maintenance, how many individuals received a consolatory payment from the Child Support Agency in each year since 1997; what the average value of payment was in each year; and how much was paid in total in consolatory payments in each year.
(172827)
802
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many requests were made for consolotary payments by the Child Support Agency in each year since 1997.
(172828)
803
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what interpreter services are available to support Jobcentre Plus (a) interviews and (b) telephone calls.
(173273)
804
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, which Jobcentre Plus materials are available in languages other than English, broken down by language.
(173274)
805
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what data sharing protocols are in place for Jobcentre Plus negotiations with (a) customer advocates and (b) intermediary organisations.
(173275)
806
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average call waiting time has been for customer call centres in his Department in the last 12 months, broken down by contact number and region.
(173276)
807
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 1349W, on Departmental data protection, in what circumstances transfers of data take place under statutory gateways; which information transfers fall (a) within and (b) outside the statutory gateway; and if he will place in the Library copies of the memorandums of understanding, partnership agreements and codes of practice which set out the relationship between it and HM Revenue and Customs.
(173277)
808
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many successful applications to the Social Fund have been made in each of the last five years; and what proportion of these applications were made (a) by telephone, (b) in writing and (c) by face-to-face interview.
(173432)
809
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the suitability of his Department's call centre automated response systems to meeting the needs of customers; and if he will make a statement.
(173433)
810
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures are in place to ensure that his Department's customer contact centres facilitate the provision of support to individuals who have a variety of cross-cutting queries to be addressed in a single contact; and if he will make a statement.
(173434)
811
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) guidance and (b) training is provided to social services staff dealing with people with autism.
(173544)
812
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the marginal deduction rate experienced by a lone parent, local authority tenant, with two children under 11, with child care costs, working 36 hours per week at adult rate minimum wage.
(173347)
813
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much his Department has spent on administering the 25 pence old age allowance in each year since its introduction; and how many people over 80 received the allowance in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(173446)
814
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his 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.
(172979)
815
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department met the Sustainable Operations on the Government Estate target to reverse the then upward trend in carbon dioxide emissions by April 2007.
(172980)
816
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether his Department is working with an accredited certified environmental management system (a) for its whole estate and (b) in some of its buildings.
(172981)
817
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what sustainability appraisal his Department has conducted of its recent relocation announcements; and what the outcome of the appraisal was.
(172982)
818
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) men and (b) women of each Civil Service grade are employed by his Department.
(172733)
819
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the obligations on employers under (a) the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and (b) other health and safety legislation to prepare for a potential influenza pandemic; and if he will make a statement.
(172768)
820
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of working days lost due to rheumatoid arthritis in each of the last five years; and at what overall cost to the economy.
(172906)
821
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) people and (b) lone parents lost all of their benefit as a result of not attending repeat work-focused interviews at Jobcentre Plus offices in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(172710)
822
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in receipt of state pensions have had their personal data disclosed to third parties in error in the last two years.
(172720)
823
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment was made of the likely responsibilities of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission in determining changes in the numbers of officials employed by the Child Support Agency.
(172721)
824
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what procedures will be put in place to monitor the private child maintenance arrangements included in the Child Maintenance and Other Payments Bill.
(172722)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
825
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the effect on remote and island communities of the recent increases in road fuel prices.
[Transferred] (172844)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
826
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's policy is on the proposals in the London Local Authorities Bill to introduce a new additional plastic bags tax on shops in London.
[Transferred] (173340)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
827
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children of recipients of child tax credit were (a) eligible for and (b) claiming free school meals in the latest period for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (172404)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
828
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which Minister has responsibility for public sector information.
[Transferred] (173477)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
829
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether the equivalent cash funding paid by the UK Government to Scotland for council tax benefit will continue to be paid to the Scottish Executive in the event of a local income tax replacing council tax in Scotland.
[Transferred] (173478)

 
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