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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 11 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 11 December 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 11 December 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 11 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 Tuesday 11 December of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 11 December see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
N
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, on what date he was informed of the Prime Minister's decision to close the Defence Export Services Organisation and to move its remit to UK Trade and Investment.
(173403)
2
N
Mr Richard Benyon (Newbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the new unit in UK Trade and Investment responsible for defence exports will be called.
(173404)
3
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which post offices in Liverpool Riverside constituency have been (a) considered for closure and (b) closed by Post Office Ltd in the last 10 years; which post offices in that constituency have closed for other reasons over that period; and if he will make a statement.
(173087)
4
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what percentage of the UK's electricity was supplied from sources in the North East using microgeneration technologies in the last period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(173559)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
5
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether previous versions of HM Revenue and Customs Code of Practice (COP) 26 allowed the suspension of the recovery of tax credit overpayments for the whole of the appeal process, including reference to the Adjudicator or Ombudsman; and if he will place in the Library the current edition of COP 26.
(173584)
6
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, in what circumstances the recovery of tax credit overpayments is suspended while the Adjudicator or Ombudsman considers an appeal.
(173585)
7
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs repays overpaid money that is recovered from tax credit claimants whose initial complaint was rejected but who later had their case upheld by HM Revenue and Customs, the Adjudicator or the Parliamentary Ombudsman.
(173586)
8
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the value of tax credit overpayments recovered has been from claimants whose initial complaint was rejected but who have had their case upheld by HM Revenue and Customs, the Adjudicator or the Parliamentary Ombudsman in the last three years.
(173587)
9
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax credit claimants from whom overpayments have been recovered after an initial complaint was rejected have later had their case upheld by HM Revenue and Customs, the Adjudicator or the Parliamentary Ombudsman in the last three years.
(173588)
10
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, of how many UK citizens participating in witness protection programmes the data was on the two discs lost by HM Revenue and Customs.
(172833)
11
N
Mr Michael Fallon (Sevenoaks): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will answer Question 162908 tabled by the hon. Member for Sevenoaks on 7th November on the bank depositors' protection scheme; and what the reasons are for the time take to reply.
(173215)
12
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of UK performance against the five economic tests for entry to the euro; and if he will make a statement.
(173572)
13
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many and what proportion of deaths in (a) the North East and (b) the UK were suicides in each of the last 10 years.
(173570)
14
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how data are shared between HM Revenue and Customs and the Student Loans Company; and what medium is used to transmit the data.
(173555)
15
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what encryption is used when sending data (a) from HM Revenue and Customs to the Student Loans Company and (b) from the Student Loans Company to HM Revenue and Customs.
(173556)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
16
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what adjustments for sex are included in the contextual value added measure for Key Stage Two; and how such calculations are made.
(173406)
17
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much per capita (a) the East Riding of Yorkshire Council, (b) Hull City Council, (c) North Lincolnshire Council, (d) North East Lincolnshire Council and (e) local authorities in England will receive in central government funding in 2007-08.
(173568)
18
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the budget was of his Department's public communications unit in the latest period for which figures are available; and how this budget was spent.
(173204)
19
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what information is collected against the performance management indicators published by the Citizen and Business Contact Centre.
(173390)
20
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people comprise the Respect Squad sent to the West Country; what work the Squad will undertake; and whether it plans to visit Torbay.
(172837)
21
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) 16 year olds and (b) 18 year olds are projected to be living in the UK in each year until 2018.
(173207)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
22
N
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, when a response will be sent to the letter of 19th September from the hon. Member for North Norfolk on Downing Street staff and requesting an internal review of a response to a Freedom of Information Act request.
(173396)
23
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which organisations have received grants from the Russell Commission since March 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(173625)
24
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what assessment he has made of the performance of organisations that have received grants from the Russell Commission since March 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(173626)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
25
N
Mr Christopher Chope (Christchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the value was of discretionary housing payments made by each local authority in the last year for which figures are available; and what the value was of contributions made towards such payments by the Government.
(173407)
26
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what financial allocation has been made to the Working Neighbourhoods Fund for the next three years, split by local authority; and if she will make a statement.
(173391)
27
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what allocation of Neighbourhood Renewal Fund was made in 2007-08, split by local authority; and if she will make a statement.
(173392)
28
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding was made available via the Safer and Stronger Communities Fund in (a) 2006-07 and (b) 2007-08; what allocation is planned for 2008-09, split by local authority; and if she will make a statement.
(173393)
29
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Written Statement of 6th December, on Supporting People, at what time the (a) table of indicative Supporting People grant allocations and (b) copy of the consultation response were placed in the Library.
(173412)
30
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent estimate she has made of the number of people sleeping rough in England; and what steps her Department is taking to get people off the streets and into secure accommodation.
(173624)
31
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effect of double-damping on funding for children and young adult services in the City of Sunderland; and if she will make a statement.
(173561)
32
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress her Department has made in discussions with housebuilders and manufacturers of building materials on the development of new materials for the construction of zero-carbon housing.
(173562)
33
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how the additional infrastructure support funding announced on 5th December 2007 will be allocated to (a) designated new growth points and (b) growth areas.
(173386)
34
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Written Statement of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 65WS, on local government, what assessment she has made of the likely effect of restructured councils that cross shire county boundaries on local identities; and of the likely levels of popular support for such councils.
(173093)
35
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Written Statement of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 65WS, on local government, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse (a) locally and (b) nationally of work on proposals for local government restructuring which will not be proceeded with.
(173094)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
36
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much public funding has been allocated to promoting Britain as a tourist destination through the 2012 Olympics.
(173034)
37
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government has taken to provide wi-fi access to the general public in public buildings; what steps are planned up to 2010; and if he will make a statement.
(173566)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
38
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was spent by the Defence Equipment and Support Organisation on equipment programmes in each of the last three years.
(173408)
39
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many secondees from the private sector are working within the Defence Equipment and Support Organisation at Abbey Wood.
(173409)
40
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people were employed by the Ministry of Defence in acquisition roles with the Defence Equipment and Support Organisation in each of the last three years.
(173410)
41
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people in (a) West Chelmsford constituency and (b) Chelmsford Local Authority area have received veteran's badges.
(172187)
42
N
Peter Viggers (Gosport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the Defence Aviation Repair Agency at Fleetlands, Gosport.
(173214)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
43
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff are employed in the Office of Climate Change, broken down by civil service grade.
(173405)
44
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November, Official Report, column 616W, on early retirement, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department of the early retirement schemes being offered to staff; and if he will make a statement.
(173413)
45
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November, Official Report, column 616W, on early retirement, what the grades are of those members of staff who have (a) been offered and (b) accepted early retirement.
(173414)
46
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proposals he has made in international institutions to prevent the killing of humpback whales for scientific research.
(173385)
47
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which executive agencies and non-departmental public bodies for which his Department is responsible provide a customer contact service; and which of these are 0800 or 0845 numbers.
(173205)
48
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 20th November 2007, Official Report, column 768W, on River Severn: floods, if the Secretary of State will place in the Library copies of the documents to which he referred.
(173400)
49
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to reduce incidents of fly-tipping in the North East; and if he will make a statement.
(173564)
50
Jessica Morden (Newport East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of whether pigeons can (a) catch and (b) carry the H5N1 virus.
(173620)
51
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, from which part of his Department's budget the penalty for late payment of farm subsidies is to be met.
(173582)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
52
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the observance of human rights in Colombia; and if he will make a statement.
(173573)
53
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reason British military assistance has been provided to the High Mountain Battalions of the Colombian Army.
(173574)
54
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the recent arrest in Slovakia of persons seeking to sell radioactive material to make a dirty bomb; and if he will make a statement.
(173203)
55
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department plans to make provision for visa applicants to apply online from British visa offices in those countries from which applications must now be made online.
(173387)
56
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what accessibility criteria were considered when deciding to accept only online visa applications from nationals of certain countries.
(173388)
57
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the basis was of the decision to accept only online visa applications from nationals of certain countries.
(173389)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
58
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he intends to implement to reduce the incidence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in Peterborough primary care trust area; and if he will make a statement.
(173206)
59
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department allocated to the Action on Smoking and Health Foundation in each year since its inception.
(173627)
60
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the cost per live birth of (a) ante-natal care, (b) childbirth and (c) post-natal care for the first year.
(173591)
61
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many speech therapist hours per week are available within the NHS in the North East region.
(173565)
62
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people received continuing care in England during (a) 2003, (b) 2004, (c) 2005, (d) 2006 and (e) 2007, broken down by primary care trust.
(173216)
63
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to break up the commercial directorate of the NHS and create regional centres to carry out its work; and if he will make a statement.
(173415)
64
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2007, Official Report, columns 1114-6W, on dental services, what plans his Department has to increase the number of NHS orthodontists in the East of England Strategic Health Authority area.
(173571)
65
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the frequency of inspection of care homes was in each year from 2001-02 to 2006-07; and how many homes failed to meet minimum standards for nutrition and medication in each year.
(172610)
66
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he took to reduce the number of standards against which care homes were inspected between 2001-02 and 2006-07; and what the reasons were for those actions.
(172611)
67
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to introduce routine inspections of care homes by pharmacists, with particular reference to levels of sedation of elderly patients; and if he will make a statement.
(173200)
68
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he intends to give care homes an inspection holiday; and if he will make a statement.
(173201)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
69
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants have been found to be employed by her Department in 2007.
(173383)
70
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions she has had with the Metropolitan Police Commissioner on the duration of his appointment.
(173384)
71
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if her Department will reconsider the merits of the case for allowing intercept material into evidence in (a) criminal proceedings and (b) proceedings involving offences under anti-terrorism legislation.
(173622)
72
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people with entries in the National DNA Database are resident in Wirral West constituency.
(173623)
73
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases the Case Resolution Directorate is dealing with; and how many of these have been brought by residents in Vauxhall constituency.
(173577)
74
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many vehicles in the Cambridgeshire Constabulary area were impounded following reference to the Motor Insurance Database in each year since May 2004; and if she will make a statement.
(172838)
75
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times Cambridgeshire Constabulary accessed the Motor Insurance Database in each month since May 2004; and if she will make a statement.
(172841)
76
Jessica Morden (Newport East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the average cost per incident incurred by the police in attending false call-outs triggered by security alarms.
(173621)
77
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects the Border and Immigration Agency to reply to the letter of 23rd October from the right hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood on Muhammad Qazilbash Mumtaz (acknowledgement reference B31608/7).
(173583)
78
Clare Short (Birmingham, Ladywood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects the Border and Immigration Agency to reply to the letter of 29th October from the hon. Member for Birmingham, Ladywood sent on behalf of Neneh Famata Jalloh (Home Office reference J112636, acknowledgement reference B30489/7).
(173618)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
79
N
Mrs Louise Ellman (Liverpool, Riverside): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the comprehensive spending review on (a) major science research projects in the North West and (b) physics departments in North Western universities.
(173088)
80
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what guidance he has issued on inclusion of information about the university experience of their parents by applicants to universities.
(173381)
81
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many people between the ages of 18 and 24 years in Wirral West constituency are not in education, employment or training; and what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of those entering higher education.
(173616)
82
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what percentage of (a) the 800 level 2 adult training places, (b) the 500,000 level 3 adult training places and (c) the 400,000 apprenticeship places announced by his Department on 16th November 2007 will be filled in 2010-11.
(173418)
83
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many (a) apprenticeships, (b) level two apprenticeships and (c) advanced apprenticeships there are, broken down by age group (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 25 and (iii) over 25 year olds.
(173557)
84
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) apprenticeships, (b) level two apprenticeships and (c) advanced apprenticeships there are likely to be in 2010-11, broken down by age group (i) 16 to 18, (ii) 19 to 25 and (iii) over 25 year olds.
(173558)
85
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will ensure that the Higher Education and Funding Council for England provides funding for students seeking post-graduate training in health, education, local government, food safety and hydrology.
(173202)
86
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what his estimate is of the number of graduates who will leave university in each year between 2007-08 and 2017-18.
(173208)
87
N
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many undergraduates entered UK universities by socio-economic grouping in each year between 1996 and 2007.
(173209)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
88
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to help achieve the targets of the Microcredit Summit Campaign to ensure that 175 million of the world's poorest families, especially women, are receiving credit for self-employment and other financial and business services by the end of 2015.
(173090)
89
N
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what discussions he has had with his Irish counterparts on Ireland's reservation to approve the text of the EU-Africa Joint Strategy on the grounds that the strategy supports universal access to reproductive health by 2015, as set out by the International Conference on Population and Development and the Maputo Plan of Action.
(173217)
90
N
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the Maputo Plan of Action; and how he intends to support the African Union and African national governments' implementation of the Maputo Plan of Action.
(173218)
91
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what support his Department plans to give to the newly elected members of parliament in Sierra Leone.
(173417)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
92
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost of running the witness protection programme was in the last 12 months.
(172834)
93
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many UK citizens are in witness protection programmes; and how many have been in programmes in each of the last 10 years.
(172835)
94
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prison places he estimates there will be in England and Wales in (a) 2008, (b) 2009, (c) 2010, (d) 2011 and (e) 2012.
(172836)
95
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were granted early release under the home detention curfew scheme in each year since its introdution, broken down by prison from which the prisoners were released; and if he will make a statement.
(173411)
96
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been accommodated in police custody suites in (a) the North East and (b) Northumbria police area in 2007.
(173563)
97
Jessica Morden (Newport East): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to provide new court buildings in Gwent.
(173619)
98
N
Richard Ottaway (Croydon South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance his Department has published on compliance with the law governing donations to political parties.
(172658)
99
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many safe cells have been installed in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.
(173211)
100
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners committed suicide in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and how many of these suicides occurred in safe cells.
(173212)
101
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many of the 9,500 extra prison places in the building programme already underway will be safe cells.
(173213)
102
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 5th December 2007, Official Report, columns 827-30, on prisons (Carter Review), how many of the additional 10,500 prison places will be safe cells.
(173394)
103
N
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will order an independent inquiry into the circumstances which allowed Anthony Sweeney to be released from prison on a temporary basis.
(173395)
104
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners absconded from Highpoint Prison in each of the last six years.
(173569)
Questions to the Leader of the House
105
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Leader of the House, what declarations she has made under the Ministerial Code in relation to donations received in relation to her deputy leadership of the Labour Party campaign; and to whom, and in respect of what donations, such declarations were made.
(173089)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
106
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, when he expects to receive the (a) interim and (b) final report from the Strategic Review of Parading in Northern Ireland.
(172839)
107
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans he has to publish (a) an interim and (b) the final report from the Strategic Review of Parading in Northern Ireland.
(172840)
Questions to the Prime Minister
108
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Prime Minister, what appointments to the House of Lords arising from (a) nominations from political parties, (b) non-party political nominations and (c) by other means, indicating in each case whether nominations were made by (i) the Prime Minister, (ii) the Leader of the Opposition, (iii) the Leader of the Liberal Democrats, (iv) leaders of other parties and (v) others.
(173092)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
109
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the compliance of Highways Agency traffic officers with regulations on working time.
(173603)
110
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what pay comparability studies have been undertaken in respect of traffic officers in the Highways Agency; and what the results have been.
(173604)
111
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans she has for terms and conditions for new Highways Agency traffic officers.
(173605)
112
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations the Prospect Union made on behalf of its traffic officer members in this year's pay talks; and what the Highways Agency's response was to each such representation.
(173606)
113
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average overtime in hours worked per month per Highways Agency traffic officer was in the last 12 months.
(173607)
114
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the health and safety arrangements are in respect of traffic officers within the Highways Agency; and what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of those arrangements.
(173608)
115
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average pay increase given to traffic officers in the Highways Agency in each annual pay round since the formation of their grade was; and what the retail price index inflation rate at the end of those pay years was.
(173609)
116
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the average pay increase proposed for the Highways Agency's traffic officers in the 2007 pay round is; and what the retail price index inflation rate at the end of the 2006-07 pay year was.
(173610)
117
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the turnover rate of traffic officers in the Highways Agency in each year since the grade was established.
(173611)
118
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether traffic officers within the Highways Agency are asked to give reasons as to why they leave Crown employment.
(173612)
119
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the morale of traffic officers within the Highways Agency; and if she will make a statement.
(173613)
120
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of (a) traffic offifcers and (b) other Highways Agency staff expressed confidence in the agency board in the last staff survey.
(173614)
121
Mrs Gwyneth Dunwoody (Crewe & Nantwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the pay (a) minimum and (b) maximum for the Highway Agency's traffic officers was in each pay year since that grade was established; and what range is proposed for traffic officers in the 2007 pay round.
(173615)
122
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will make it her policy to oppose the further development of the Galileo Satellite programme without the commissioning of an independent cost benefit analysis; and if she will make a statement.
(173382)
123
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what meetings her Department has had with trade unions in the past three years in relation to expansion of Heathrow, broken down by (a) trade union and (b) date of meeting; and if she will make a statement.
(173210)
124
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions she has had with (a) her officials and (b) business representatives on the construction of further high-speed rail lines in the UK.
(173617)
125
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans she has for the development of regional airports; and if she will make a statement.
(173567)
126
N
Mr Ian Liddell-Grainger (Bridgwater): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent on consultation on the Stonehenge by-pass.
(173091)
127
Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions have taken place with Northern franchise in 2007 on new rolling stock on lines out of Manchester.
(173576)
128
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will take steps to ensure that flights into the UK are compliant with the same security standards as flights from the UK.
(173416)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
129
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether the Wales Office pays any proportion of his Ministerial salary.
(173399)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
130
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the (a) amount and (b) proportion of child maintenance arrears that are uncollectable; and if he will make a statement.
(173590)
131
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of calls received from a mobile telephone by (a) the Social Fund and (b) Jobcentre Plus in the latest period for which figures are available; and what proportion of the total number of calls received this represented in each case.
(173401)
132
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken for Jobcentre Plus to process applications for crisis loans and community care grants was in each of the last five years, broken down by outcome of application.
(173402)
133
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners took up pension credits in each of the last five years.
(173560)
134
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 1284W, on child maintenance, what plans there are for new IT systems for the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission; what steps he plans to take to monitor the effective implementation of such systems; and if he will make a statement.
(173589)
135
Mr Gordon Marsden (Blackpool South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to (a) involve and (b) consult staff employed by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission on the commissioning and monitoring process for new IT systems.
(173592)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
136
N
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on what date the European Commission suspended approval for European Regional Development Fund payments to the Government Office North West and Government Office North East; when those suspensions were lifted; and what interim transitional payments were made to those regions by the Government.
[Transferred] (172842)
Questions to the Leader of the House
137
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Leader of the House, what departmental (a) reviews and (b) inquiries have been announced in Ministerial oral statements since 27th June; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (173575)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
138
Alan Simpson (Nottingham South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of employers paying employee pensions contributions at the reduced rate on national insurance fund revenue in the last three years.
[Transferred] (173578)

 
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