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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 12 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 Wednesday 12 December 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Wednesday 12 December 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 12 December of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Wednesday 12 December of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Wednesday 12 December see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the UK's energy needs which will be met by UK North Sea reserves in (a) 2008, (b) 2012, (c) 2015, (d) 2020 and (e) 2030.
(173861)
2
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what work is being undertaken by the Generation IV International Forum in examining new forms of nuclear reactor technology; and what role the UK is playing in the forum.
(173862)
3
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what his policy is on the future use of fast breeder reactors in the UK.
(173863)
4
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what projections he has made of annual volumes of (a) high, (b) intermediate and (c) low level nuclear waste that may arise from the introduction of a new generation of nuclear power stations.
(173864)
5
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what projections he has made of flood risk to each of Britain's nuclear power and waste processing plants over the next 100 years; and if he will make a statement.
(173865)
6
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much he estimates will be spent on imports of (a) oil and (b) gas in (i) 2008, (ii) 2012, (iii) 2015, (iv) 2015, (iv) 2020 and (v) 2030 at 2007 prices.
(173880)
7
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what studies have been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by his Department on the peak oil phenomenon; and if he will make a statement.
(173881)
8
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much funding for investment projects was made available by the Export Credits Guarantee Department in each of the last five years; and what proportion of this funding was allocated to fossil fuel extraction projects.
(170156)
9
N
Mr David Chaytor (Bury North): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what representations he has received on compliance with the environmental conditions attached to the proposed Export Credits Guarantee Department funding of the Sakhalin II project; what assessment he has made of these representations; when he expects to make a decision on the application; and if he will make a statement.
(170157)
10
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose.
(173836)
11
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many businesses have (a) registered and (b) deregistered for VAT in (i) Lancashire and (ii) the North West in each of the last five years.
(173398)
12
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the timetable is for the Post Office to finalise assessments of sub-post offices in Lancashire; and if he will make a statement.
(173421)
13
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what plans his Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the estimated annual cost to his Department of that use is.
(174029)
14
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many functioning sub post offices are required to meet the Government's access criteria as outlined in the Network Change Programme.
(172488)
15
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if an update has been undertaken of the analysis within the 2000 Performance and Innovation Unit Counter-revolution report on the minimum number of sub post offices required to meet certain distance-based access criteria, based on present post office numbers and the Government's new access criteria as outlined in the Network Change Programme.
(172489)
16
John Penrose (Weston-Super-Mare): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he will reply to the letters of 25th May, 25th July and 4th September from the hon. Member for Weston-Super-Mare regarding his constituent Mr Ivor Chivers and his company Eco Solutions.
(173936)
17
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what methodology his Department uses to calculate a cash equivalent in cost-benefit analyses for enhanced security of supply obtained from UK capital projects in energy generation.
(174089)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
18
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research his Department has carried out into the long-term economic impact on the UK of the reduction of oil and gas supplies from the North Sea.
(173877)
19
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what studies have been (a) considered and (b) evaluated by his Department on the economic implications of the peak oil phenomenon; and if he will make a statement.
(173878)
20
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the net cumulative contribution made to the British economy by North Sea oil and gas over the last three decades, expressed in 2007 prices.
(173879)
21
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose.
(173817)
22
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much has been spent by HM Revenue and Customs in sending out letters of apology for the loss of the child benefit discs containing confidential personal data.
(173821)
23
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), for what reasons he plans to transfer £70 million from voted capital DEL to non-voted near cash resource DEL; and if he will make a statement.
(173758)
24
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of (a) UK and (b) non-UK nationals in (i) full-time and (ii) part-time work in the UK in each year since 1997.
(173916)
25
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of (a) UK and (b) non-UK nationals in temporary work in the UK in each year since 1997.
(173917)
26
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans his Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the estimated annual cost to his Department of that use is.
(174035)
27
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the cost of rebasing the cost of assets subject to capital gains tax to April 1998 values.
(173677)
28
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether HM Revenue and Customs uses secure electronic networks to transfer data; and what criteria are used in deciding what methods of data transfer to use.
(173679)
29
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will list each LEAN target for staff at HM Revenue and Custom's office in Washington since December 2005.
(173745)
30
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2007, Official Report, column 1203W, on personation, what risks his Department has identified of identity theft arising from tax-related correspondence between HM Revenue and Customs and members of the public; and what steps his Department is taking to reduce those risks.
(173681)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
31
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what expenditure from the public purse has been incurred to date by (a) the Learning and Skills Council, (b) the sector skills councils, (c) the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority, (d) the gateway process and (e) his Department on (i) the diploma programme and (ii) individual diplomas.
(173868)
32
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which schools are participating in the peer mentoring and befriending scheme; and what criteria are being used to assess the effectiveness of this scheme.
(173835)
33
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which projects have received funding from the Sports Champions Mentoring Programme; and what criteria are being used to assess the effectiveness of this programme.
(173851)
34
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent assessment he has made of the extent to which youth provision under the Respect Action Plan (a) meets demand from and (b) affects levels of anti-social behaviour amongst young people.
(173852)
35
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the pathfinder projects to deliver integrated targeted support to parents of children and young people at risk of offending; and if he will make a statement.
(173853)
36
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government has taken to improve the quality of teaching in primary and secondary schools since 1997.
(165420)
37
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government has taken to widen the availability of technology in support of learning.
(165421)
38
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government has taken to make schools accessible to pupils with disabilities since 1997.
(166959)
39
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government has taken to encourage schools to teach Black history.
(166960)
40
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government has taken to reduce the number of children living in poverty since 1997.
(169326)
41
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government has taken to widen equality of opportunity for children since 1997.
(169327)
42
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose.
(173845)
43
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many 16 to 18 year olds in (a) Ribble Valley constituency and (b) Lancashire were not in education, employment or training in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(173419)
44
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many schools have adopted the Opening Minds curriculum.
(173812)
45
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans his Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the estimated annual cost to his Department of that use is.
(174028)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
46
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose.
(173820)
47
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what plans his Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the estimated cost to his Department of that use is.
(174030)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
48
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much she (a) has given in the last three financial years and (b) plans to give in the next three financial years to local authorities in (i) Essex and (ii) England to restore cliff slippages that threaten (A) rail and (B) road links; what recent representations she has received on this issue; and if she will make a statement.
(174072)
49
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, under what legislation she has power to fund local authorities to restore cliff slippages that threaten (a) rail and (b) road links; and if she will make a statement.
(174073)
50
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent (a) meetings she has had with and (b) representations she has received from Southend Borough Council on cliff slippages that threaten (i) rail and (ii) road links; what the (A) location and (B) duration was of each meeting; whether a record of each meeting was kept; who attended each meeting; and if she will make a statement.
(174074)
51
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by her Department on cliff slippages that threaten (i) rail and (ii) road links; and if she will make a statement.
(174075)
52
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions she (a) has had in the last 12 months and (b) plans to have in the next 12 months with other Departments to discuss cliff slippage in Southend; and if she will make a statement.
(174076)
53
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by her Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by her Department for this purpose.
(173846)
54
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will commission research into the accuracy of decisions being made by private companies providing paper-based assessments of the vulnerability of homeless applicants, housing medical assessments and decisions on disabled facilities grant applications.
(173763)
55
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will issue guidance on the methodology to be adopted by private medical assessors providing paper-based homelessness vulnerability assessments, housing medical assessments and decisions on disabled facilities grant applications.
(173765)
56
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she plans to publish the new Cohesion Guidance for Funders referred to in her letter of 6th October 2007 to the Chair of the Commission on Integration and Cohesion.
(173928)
57
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, by what criteria the £45 million available to local authorities to help combat violent extremism announced in her Department's press release of 31st October 2007 will be allocated to local authorities; and how the effectiveness of those grants will be assessed.
(173929)
58
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much of the £45 million available to local authorities to help combat violent extremism announced in her Department's press release of 31st October 2007 will be allocated for (a) each year from 2007-08 to 2010-11 and (b) each type of project.
(173930)
59
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, by what criteria the £25 million for national schemes to support communities in tackling violent extremism announced in her Department's press release of 31st October 2007 will be allocated; and who will allocate it.
(173937)
60
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authority forums on tackling extremism and Islamophobia have been held; which local authorities organised them; when each forum met; and who attended each.
(173938)
61
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the progress made by the Mosques and Imams National Advisory Board in the five core areas highlighted in the Preventing Violent Extremism report.
(173939)
62
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many and what proportion of mosques and madrassahs are registered as charities; what work the Charity Commission's Social Cohesion Unit has undertaken in promoting good governance at mosques; how many people the unit employs; and on what the £1.2 million allocated by her Department on this matter has been spent.
(173940)
63
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when her Department plans to provide the new teams to support local areas experiencing particularly rapid change mentioned in her letter of 6th October 2007 to the Chairman of the Commission on Cohesion and Integration; what support these new teams will offer; how many people they will comprise; and what new funding will be provided to these teams.
(173943)
64
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much of the £25 million for the national scheme to support communities tackling violent extremism announced in her Department's press release on 31st October 2007 will be allocated (a) in each year from 2007-08 to 2010-11 and (b) to each type of project.
(173944)
65
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how she plans to assess the effectiveness of the £25 million expenditure on national schemes to support communities in tackling violent extremism announced in her Department's press release of 31st October 2007.
(173945)
66
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what support her Department is providing to help develop leadership skills among Muslim women and young people; what the cost of this has been; and what expenditure is planned in the next three years.
(173952)
67
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how she plans to distribute the £250,000 per annum aimed at helping young people to tackle violent extremism announced in her speech to the Preventing Extremism Conference on 31st October; and how the effectiveness of this funding will be assessed.
(173953)
68
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she plans to host the youth conference on tackling extremism mentioned in her speech of 31st October to the Preventing Extremism Conference; and whom she plans to invite to the conference.
(173954)
69
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she plans to publish a good practice guide on effective initiatives to strengthen the role that Muslim women play in their communities as referred to in the Preventing Violent Extremism report.
(173955)
70
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many roundtables with academics, theologians and community leaders on women's access to mosque life have taken place as referred to in the Preventing Violent Extremism report; where they were held; and if she will make a statement.
(173956)
71
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made in the development of the new fully-accredited Continuous Professional Development Programme for Faith Leaders referred to in the Preventing Violent Extremism report.
(173957)
72
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how she plans to evaluate the effectiveness of grants from the Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder fund.
(173969)
73
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how she plans to evaluate the effectiveness of expenditure under the Preventing Violent Extremism Community Leadership Fund.
(173971)
74
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans her Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the estimated annual cost to her Department of that use is.
(174031)
75
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the enforcement of the Government's anti-social behaviour legislation in problem areas; and if she will make a statement.
(174008)
76
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects to receive the results of the Ipsos MORI independent evaluation of the home information pack trial.
(173746)
77
Andrew Stunell (Hazel Grove): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households with dependent children are housed in temporary accommodation by their local authority in (a) England and (b) each region of England.
(173883)
78
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by her Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether the breach resulted from internal or external sources in each case; how many records were compromised on each occasion; and what estimate was made of the total number of records accessible to the individuals concerned.
(173690)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
79
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose.
(173847)
80
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many awards were made from the New Opportunities Fund for physical education and sport in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07; how many have been made in 2007-08; and what the value was of such awards.
(173782)
81
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to his Answer of 29th October 2007, Official Report, column 643W, on video games: children, who expressed concerns over the relationship between video games and behaviour; and when and to whom such concerns were expressed.
(173784)
82
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when the Switchover Programme Group decided to change the digital switchover programme alert from Red to Amber; and if he will place in the Library the minutes of the meeting when the decision was taken.
(173931)
83
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the uptake has been of the digital switchover targeted assistance scheme in Whitehaven and Copeland; what the expected uptake was; what assessment he has made of the reasons for the difference between the two; and if he will make a statement.
(173932)
84
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when he was informed that on 9th August 2007 Digital UK issued a red status alert for the overall digital switchover programme; whether the information relating to the alert was made public; and if he will notify Parliament if any such further alert is issued.
(173933)
85
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the criteria are for a red status alert to be issued for the digital switchover scheme; what the current alert status is; and if he will make a statement.
(173934)
86
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will list the statistical information which his Department has responsibility to collect; and in each case whether that information is collected on a (a) national or (b) regional basis.
(173935)
87
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the review commissioned from the National Audit Office by the BBC Trust on the BBC's preparedness for digital switchover, with particular reference to the effect of the timing of future procurement on the BBC's ability to apply all the lessons of the Copeland experience.
(173951)
88
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the estimated cost to his Department of that use is.
(174038)
89
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost has been of the review of the rules of flying the Union flag on Government buildings.
(173680)
90
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage people to participate in swimming.
(173790)
91
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps his Department is taking to encourage young people to train as lifeguards.
(173791)
92
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many lifeguards have (a) trained for and (b) passed their National Pool Lifeguard Qualification in England (i) since 1997 and (ii) in the latest 12 month period for which figures are available.
(173792)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
93
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what requests he has received from the United States administration to use RAF Menwith Hill as part of the US Missile Defense System since 1st January 2001; and if he will place copies of those requests in the Library.
(173866)
94
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what formal procedure has to be followed for submarine commanders to launch Trident missiles; and what role security codes play in that procedure.
(173867)
95
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose.
(173843)
96
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what percentage of UK-based military hospitals have been closed since 2001.
(173849)
97
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what percentage of wounded military personnel are being cared for in military hospitals.
(173850)
98
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many patients have been treated at the Princess Mary's Hospital in RAF Akrotiri in the last 12 months; what the hospital's establishment is; how many staff are working at the hospital; and whether the hospital is fully equipped.
(173970)
99
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many RAF (a) C-17 Globemaster, (b) C-130K Hercules, (c) C-130J Hercules, (d) Tristar and (e) VC-10 aircraft will be used for the upcoming EU mission to Chad/Central African Republic.
(173718)
100
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his official engagements were from 22nd November to 10th December.
(173719)
101
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which less-than-lethal weapons and non-lethal weapons are available for use by armed forces personnel; how many personnel are qualified for those weapons in each branch of the forces; and how much training is required annually to maintain that qualification.
(173721)
102
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel who have served in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan have been diagnosed with a mental health condition.
(173722)
103
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's total expenditure was on payments to welfare associations, as listed in his Department's resource account code hierarchy, in near cash terms, in each financial year since 2000-01.
(173723)
104
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's total expenditure was on messing and food allowance, as listed in his Department's resource account code hierarchy, in near cash terms, in each financial year since 2000-01.
(173724)
105
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) inflow and (b) outflow rate was of helicopter crews in each service in the last period for which figures are available.
(173725)
106
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) required and (b) actual strength of helicopter crews is in each service.
(173726)
107
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of each pinch point trade is exceeding the harmony guidelines.
(173728)
108
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the EU Special Committee ATHENA to approve an agreed budget for the EU mission to Chad/Central African Republic.
(173729)
109
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the force generation for the EU military mission to Chad/Central African Republic to be completed.
(173730)
110
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British troops are based at Camp Arifjan in Kuwait.
(173731)
111
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many convoy escort missions were conducted by British forces along Military Supply Route Tampa in Britain's area of operations in each month in 2007.
(173732)
112
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the Answer of 16th October 2007, Official Report, column 937W, on armed forces housing, what plans he has for accommodation disposal in each of the next three years; and how much will be generated from each such disposal.
(173733)
113
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd December 2007, Official Report, column 568, on armed services capacity, if he will place in the Library a copy of the assumptions and methodology used to estimate the cost of three infantry battalions at £700 million; and if he will make a statement.
(173734)
114
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his Department's total expenditure was on public relations as listed in his Department's resource account code hierarchy, in near cash terms, in each financial year since 2000-01.
(173735)
115
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the estimated cost to his Department of that use is.
(174039)
116
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the recent military operations in Musa Qaleh.
(173959)
117
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, who decided that details of the Musa Qaleh operation should not be released for reasons of operational security.
(173960)
118
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of whether the operational security of the Musa Qaleh operation was breached by the Sunday newspapers and by radio and television over the weekend of 8th and 9th December 2007.
(173961)
119
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which personnel are responsible for his Department's public relations.
(173962)
120
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 6th December 2007, Official Report, column 1402W, on armoured fighting vehicles: Afghanistan, whether the 170 Vector vehicles are in addition to the 160 previously ordered.
(173963)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
121
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose.
(173842)
122
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans his Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the estimated cost to his Department of that use is.
(174040)
123
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate his Department has made of the contribution the UK will make by 2020 to the EU target of 20 per cent. of energy to be derived from renewable sources.
(173744)
124
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his estimate is of the percentage of waste generated in the UK by (a) business and (b) households in each of the last five years; and what his future projections are of these figures for the next five years.
(173671)
125
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his latest estimate is of the funding for the Business Resource and Waste Efficiency (BREW) programme in each of the next three financial years; what funding the BREW programme has had in 2007-08; and what funding was provided in each of the last two financial years.
(173767)
126
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Business Resource and Waste Efficiency Programme's campaign on waste crime in London cost; how long the campaign lasted; how many incidents of fly-tipping there were in each London borough targeted by the campaign in each month since 12 months before the campaign began; what the total cost of clean-up of fly tipping was in that period in each borough; what assessment he has made of the campaign's effectiveness; and whether he plans to extend the (a) duration and (b) geographic reach of the campaign.
(173783)
127
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the risk of disease transfer arising from the practice of composting meat waste on agricultural holdings where livestock are kept.
(173674)
128
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the minimum physical requirements are for separating a meat composting facility from a livestock facility on the same agricultural holding.
(173675)
129
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the trend in chicken (a) meat and (b) feed prices in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(173973)
130
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the trend in grain prices in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(173974)
131
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much biodiesel was imported into the UK in the most recent year for which figures are available; what the primary sources of crops for that biodiesel were; and if he will make a statement.
(173975)
132
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of the UK's beef consumption was sourced from the UK in the most recent period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(173976)
133
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the level of nitrates in water was (a) in England and (b) in Gloucestershire in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(173977)
134
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the sources of nitrates found in water; and if he will make a statement.
(173978)
135
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the potential cost to water companies of removing polluting nitrates from water; and if he will make a statement.
(173979)
136
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the likely effect on farming incomes of the removal of agriculture building relief; and if he will make a statement.
(173980)
137
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by his Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether the breach resulted from internal or external sources in each case; how many records were compromised on each occasion; and what estimate was made of the total number of records accessible to the individuals concerned.
(173689)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
138
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose.
(173839)
139
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what work has been undertaken by Projecting British Islam delegations abroad; who the members of each delegation were; what the cost of each delegation was; and how he plans to evaluate their effectiveness.
(174087)
140
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans his Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the estimated cost to his Department of that use is.
(174037)
141
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, on what date he was formally consulted by the Secretary of State for Defence on the request by the US to use RAF Menwith Hill as part of the Ballistic Missile Defence System; and if he will make a statement.
(173685)
142
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will place in the Library a copy of the regulatory impact assessment carried out by his Department pursuant to the February 2002 Green Paper on Private Military Companies.
(173686)
143
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK is taking to achieve the participation of stakeholders in the Darfur peace talks; and if he will make a statement.
(173672)
144
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what mandate the African Union-UN peacekeeper in Darfur will have to disarm groups which violate the UN Security Council's arms embargo in the region; and what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the mandate.
(173673)
145
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to co-ordinate communication between the UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur and the UN-EU Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad; and if he will make a statement.
(173699)
146
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps are under consideration to improve the security situation in the north west region of the Central African Republic and Chad.
(173700)
147
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations the UK has made to the Burmese authorities on the inclusion of members of the opposition and other democratic and ethnic minority leaders in the process of drafting a national constitution.
(173701)
148
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 22nd November 2007, Official Report, column 1042W, on Somalia: United Nations, what contingency plans the UN Security Council has developed for the deployment of a peacekeeping force in Somalia; and how conditions that would require deployment to take place will be monitored and assessed.
(173747)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
149
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average change in the costs of drug eluting stents has been over the last four years; and if he will make a statement.
(173948)
150
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence health technology appraisal on drug eluting stents has been referred to the Decision Support Unit at Sheffield University for further work.
(173949)
151
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the draft guidance on drug eluting stents proposed by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence on the provision of (a) percutaneous coronary intervention and (b) coronary artery bypass grafting by the NHS if the draft guidance on drug eluting stents remains unchanged; what estimate he has made of the financial effect of any such change in provision; and if he will make a statement.
(173950)
152
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place a copy of the interim report produced by his Department on aspects of good practice for a model of future services for access to early abortion in the Library; to whom copies have been sent; at what cost; how much it cost to produce the report; and if he will make a statement.
(174047)
153
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward proposals for legislation to require individuals applying for a licence to undertake embryonic stem cell research to demonstrate that no alternatives exist; what recent representations he has received on the issue; and if he will make a statement.
(174048)
154
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent discussions (a) he, (b) Ministers in his Department and (c) officials have had with (i) hon. Members and (ii) Members of the House of Lords on (A) embryonic stem cell research and (B) the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill; and if he will make a statement.
(174049)
155
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which hospitals in England and Wales have equipment which enables doctors to perform keyhole surgery on unborn babies; and if he will make a statement.
(174061)
156
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what processes the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence has in place to ensure that the issuing of final guidance on the two anti-TNF treatments for ankylosing spondylitis it has recommended is not affected by appeals relating to the one anti-TNF treatment in that class that was rejected; and if he will make a statement.
(174062)
157
N
Mary Creagh (Wakefield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GPs were practising in Wakefield constituency in (a) 1997 and (b) the latest year for which figures are available; and how many GP premises have been opened in Wakefield constituency since 1997.
(173593)
158
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose.
(173841)
159
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of changes to the 2008 budget for the Young People's Substance Misuse service in Hampshire.
(174010)
160
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the 2008 budget is for the Young People's Substance Misuse service in Hampshire; and what the budget was in each of the last five years.
(174011)
161
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding the Government will make available to the Pharmacy Regulation and Leadership Oversight Group in each of the next three financial years.
(174012)
162
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the level of self care information being provided to the public through pharmacies.
(174013)
163
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the estimated annual cost to his Department of that use is.
(174034)
164
Stephen Hesford (Wirral West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of bed numbers in psychiatric wards in Wirral; and if he will make a statement.
(174007)
165
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many biosimilar medicines are licensed for use in the United Kingdom.
(173695)
166
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if the Government will take steps to preclude the automatic substitution of brands with similar biological medicines to ensure patients are not put at unnecessary risk from potential adverse drug reactions.
(173696)
167
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will hold discussions with (a) the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and (b) the European Medicines Agency to ensure that manufacturers of biosimilar medicines submit full clinical trial data on each indication for their products rather than extrapolated data from the reference product.
(173697)
168
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that biosimilar medicine packaging and accompanying patient information leaflets (a) contain details of the formulation and manufacturing process for the biosimilar agent and (b) make reference to the potential risk of not being able to determine which drug resulted in an adverse drug reaction as a result of interchanging similar biological medicines.
(173698)
169
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance his Department provides on personal hygiene measures to be taken by patients prior to attending a pre-operation assessment to help minimise the spread of MRSA.
(173882)
170
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the rate of stillbirths.
(173927)
171
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 29th October 2007, Official Report, column 996W, on chlamydia screening, what steps he is planning to take to meet the 15 per cent. screening target.
(173766)
172
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 29th October 2007, Official Report, column 1037W, on mental health services, what estimate he has made of the average cost to the NHS of a course of cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT); what representations he has received on the availability and future use of CBT in the last 12 months; and what discussions (a) he, (b) his Ministers and (c) his Departmental officials have had with those who have made such representations.
(174041)
173
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 18th July 2007, Official Report, column 454W, on health hazards: lighting, if he will take steps to assess the effects of the use of (a) fluorescent and (b) low energy light bulbs on those suffering from (i) light sensitivity and (ii) systemic lupus erthromatosis in conjunction with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
(174042)
174
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the maximum waiting time target is for NHS chiropody services; and if he will make a statement.
(174046)
175
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost of providing NHS healthcare to asylum seekers in England and Wales was in each of the last five years.
(173579)
176
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what criteria he uses to determine the Government's policy on whether the UK's terms of provision of healthcare to asylum seekers comply with (a) the European Convention on Human Rights and (b) other international obligations.
(173580)
177
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consultations he has had with the medical profession on proposals to withdraw free healthcare from asylum seekers.
(173581)
178
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he plans to take in relation to healthcare practitioners who provide medical treatment to asylum seekers without charge.
(173594)
179
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 26th November 2007, Official Report, columns 235-6W, on chlamydia: screening, when he plans to establish his Department's development priorities for sexual health payment by results; whether these development priorities will be published; what newly emerging recommendations have been made in relation to sexual health payment by results by interested parties, other than the Health Protection Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(174003)
180
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy that implementation of the chlamydia screening programme is included in the NHS Operating Framework.
(174004)
181
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many screens for chlamydia were reported to the Health Protection Agency in (a) the first quarter of 2007-08 and (b) the second quarter of 2007-08; and what proportion of the target screening population this represents in each case.
(174005)
182
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 25th October 2007, Official Report, columns 546-7W, on chlamydia: screening, when he plans to have developed a national template for a chlamydia screening local enhanced service through the community pharmacy contractual framework; and on what date he plans to publish the final evaluation of the Boots chlamydia screening pathfinder.
(174051)
183
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 17th October 2007, Official Report, columns 1163-64W, on chlamydia infection: screening, what proportion of 16 to 24 year olds screened for chlamydia tested positive.
(174052)
184
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many diagnoses of sexually transmitted chlamydia infection there were in England in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) age, (b) strategic health authority area and (c) sex; and how many diagnoses were in (i) genito-urinary medicine clinics, (ii) other outpatient settings, (iii) inpatient settings and (iv) other healthcare settings in each year.
(174053)
185
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of attenders at genito-urinary medicine clinics was recorded as not having been given an appointment within two weeks in each audit of Genito-Urinary Medicine clinic waiting times undertaken by the Health Protection Agency since May 2004.
(174054)
186
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts are not reporting data on chlamydia screening to the Health Protection Agency.
(174055)
187
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 11th October 2007, Official Report, column 705W, on chlamydia infection: screening, what percentage of primary care trusts are participating in the chlamydia screening programme in the latest period for which figures are available; and for what reasons (a) Devon, (b) Havering, (c) Hillingdon and (d) Sandwell had not submitted plans to the Health Protection Agency.
(174056)
188
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to launch the £50 million advertising campaign to tackle sexually transmitted infections announced on 26th November 2004.
(174057)
189
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what expenditure on sexual health campaigns has been in each year since 1979 in (a) nominal and (b) real terms.
(174058)
190
Mr John Randall (Uxbridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of levels of provision of chiropody services for older people in (a) Uxbridge constituency and (b) the London borough of Hillingdon; and if he will make a statement.
(173848)
191
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by his Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether the breach resulted from internal or external sources in each case; how many records were compromised on each occasion; and what estimate was made of the total number of records accessible to the individuals concerned.
(173687)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
192
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) discussions she has had with and (b) representations she has received from the Essex police authority on the report on sustainable policing produced by the Association of Chief Police Officers and the Association of Police Authorities since July 2007; and if she will make a statement.
(174043)
193
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to improve the performance of (a) Southend Police and (b) Essex Police following the Police Performance Assessment 2006-07 produced by her Department and HM Inspectorate of Constabulary; and if she will make a statement.
(174044)
194
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what (a) statutory instruments, (b) departmental circulars and (c) other documents she (i) has issued and (ii) plans to issue in the next 12 months consequential to the provisions of police legislation passed since 1996.
(174045)
195
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what relevant specialist qualifications the Chief Executive of Essex Police Authority holds; what his or her career has been to date; what process was followed in his or her appointment; where the post was advertised; how many persons applied for the post; how many were short-listed for interview; how each was appraised; what criteria were adopted for each candidate; how many candidates were rejected; and if she will make a statement.
(174059)
196
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what relevant specialist qualifications each member of the Essex Police Authority holds; what the career of each has been to date; when each was appointed and by whom; what process was followed in his or her appointment; where the post was advertised; how many persons applied for the post; how many were short-listed for interview; how each was appraised; what criteria were adopted for each candidate; how many candidates were rejected; where Essex Police Authority is located; how much was spent by it on (a) office accommodation, (b) staff costs, (c) travel and subsistence and (d) staff bonuses in each year since 1997; and if she will make a statement.
(174060)
197
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make a statement on the performance of the Essex police emergency call system.
(174063)
198
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average annual rate of sickness absence was in (a) Southend and (b) Essex police in each year since 1997.
(174064)
199
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many and what proportion of working days were lost due to (a) sickness and (b) stress, anxiety or depression in (i) Southend and (ii) Essex police in each year since 1997.
(174065)
200
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will make a statement on the trends in crime clear-up rates in (a) Southend and (b) Essex since 1997; and what representations she has received on this issue in each of the last five years.
(174066)
201
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on the performance of police in (a) Essex and (b) Southend in each of the last seven years; and if she will make a statement.
(174067)
202
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to improve the quality of local policing in (a) Southend and (b) Essex; and if she will make a statement.
(174077)
203
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much finding was allocated per head of population to Essex Police Authority in each year since 1990.
(174083)
204
Mr David Amess (Southend West): 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 Essex Police Authority in each year since 1990.
(174084)
205
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the (a) overspend or (b) underspend was for Essex Police Authority in each year since 1990-91.
(174085)
206
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total police grant funding was for Essex Police Authority in each year since 1990.
(174086)
207
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has received from (a) businesses and (b) organisations representing business on the establishment of a Police Central E-Crime Unit.
(173822)
208
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what discussions Ministers and officials in her Department have had with HM Treasury on funding for a Police Central E-Crime Unit.
(173824)
209
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to receive a business case for the establishment of a Police Central E-Crime Unit.
(173825)
210
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 1218W, on crimes of violence, when she expects the operating model informing proposals to deal with gang membership will be completed.
(173826)
211
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were employed in the e-crime department of the Serious Organised Crime Agency in April 2006; and how many people are so employed now.
(173827)
212
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to publish a qualitative assessment of the effectiveness of anti-social behaviour interventions.
(173828)
213
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment she has made of the effectiveness of legal sanctions in prosecuting the hiring of botnets to carry out phishing, directed denial of service and other cyber attacks on computer networks.
(173829)
214
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent estimate she has made of the number of computers in the UK infected with malicious software enabling them to be used by third parties in botnet attacks.
(173830)
215
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the rate of breach of anti-social behaviour orders in 2006 will be published.
(173831)
216
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which police basic command units are participating in the Responsible Alcohol Sales Campaign; and how much funding for this purpose each will receive from her Department.
(173832)
217
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria will be used to assess the effectiveness of the Responsible Alcohol Sales Campaign.
(173833)
218
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many local authorities have contacted her Department expressing an interest in establishing an alcohol disorder zone since the detailed guidance on the scheme was published.
(173834)
219
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will give a break down of the categories under which discretionary leave to remain has been granted to asylum seekers in each year since 2003.
(174009)
220
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent by her Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by her Department for this purpose.
(173840)
221
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 21st November 2007, Official Report, column 869W, on opium crops, how many hectares were grown in each location in the UK in 2007.
(173742)
222
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what percentage of decisions on applications for (a) extension of stay and (b) indefinite leave to remain were made within 13 weeks in each year since 2001.
(173958)
223
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) applications for and (b) decisions on (i) extension of stay and (ii) indefinite leave to remain there were in each year since 2001.
(173967)
224
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she expects that data on the National Identity Register will be required for audit purposes by the National Audit Office.
(174006)
225
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the Government plans to divide the allocation of funding of £28 million to tackle fraud between the National Fraud Strategic Authority and the National Fraud Reporting Centre.
(173693)
226
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will ensure that those activities identified as high risk by the National Fraud Strategic Authority receive additional police resources to tackle the risk of insurance fraud.
(173694)
227
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 29th November 2007, Official Report, column 652W, on drugs: Peterborough, what methodology she will use to assess the delivery of the Prime Minister's recent pledge to deport foreign-born drug dealers; and if she will make a statement.
(173220)
228
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police forces in England and Wales are providing police protection for individuals who have converted from Islam to other faiths.
(173946)
229
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many individuals who have converted from Islam to other faiths have been placed on an at risk register by police forces in England and Wales following threats made to them as a result of their conversion.
(173947)
230
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by her Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether the breach resulted from internal or external sources in each case; how many records were compromised on each occasion; and what estimate was made of the total number of records accessible to the individuals concerned.
(173692)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
231
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, when he expects the Visitor Reception Building to open; what the expected cost of the new building was (a) at the commencement of building, (b) on 1st January 2006, (c) on 1st January 2007 and (d) on 1st November 2007; and what the final cost is expected to be.
(174078)
232
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, which company won the contract to build the Visitor Reception Building; whether the contract was advertised; how many companies applied for the contract; how many were short listed; what criteria were used for choosing a company; what recent discussions the House of Commons Commission has with the successful company about completing the contract; and if he will make a statement.
(174079)
233
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what research has been (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by the House of Commons Commission on the maximum number of persons permitted to stand on the ramp leading to the Visitor Reception Building; who the House of Commons Commission consulted about (i) the design and (ii) construction of the ramp; why the ramp is not covered; and if he will make a statement.
(174080)
234
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, who the House of Commons Commission consulted about the location of the Visitor Reception Building; what consideration the House of Commons Commission has given to alternative entry to the Palace of Westminster when Westminster Hall is in use; and if he will make a statement.
(174081)
235
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what discussions the House of Commons Commission has had with the Metropolitan Police on the (a) design, (b) location and (c) construction of the Visitor Reception Building since the project was initiated; and if he will make a statement.
(174082)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
236
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the potential biosecurity risk to central London from the planned relocation of the National Institute for Medical Research.
(171950)
237
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what factors were taken into account by the Science and Technology Funding Council in making its decision to withdraw funding from the Gemini Observatory consortium.
(171951)
238
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of the decision by the Science and Technology Funding Council to withdraw funding from the Gemini Observatory consortium; and if he will make a statement.
(171952)
239
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment his Department has made of the features of the National Institute for Medical Research's site at Mill Hill that make a relocation of the institute necessary.
(172188)
240
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many investigations into misconduct in science research by (a) universities and higher education establishments, (b) research councils and (c) other Government-funded research institutions have been carried out since 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(173860)
241
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose.
(173838)
242
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what plans his Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the estimated cost to his Department of that use is.
(174033)
243
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate he has made of the additional number of jobs that will be created for British citizens following the announcement of new training places made on 16th November 2007.
(173748)
244
N
Sandra Osborne (Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much of the budget held by the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research is used for the replacement of the use of animals in research.
(170606)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
245
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government has taken to work with authorities in Bangladesh to minimise the impact of future natural disasters.
(170977)
246
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the Government has spent on research into poverty reduction since 1997.
(170978)
247
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government has taken to improve research methods and practices in his Department.
(170979)
248
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose.
(173837)
249
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what representations he is making to ensure that the moratorium on humanitarian access to Darfur is extended in 2008.
(173682)
250
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by his Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether the breach resulted from internal or external sources in each case; how many records were compromised on each occasion; and what estimate was made of the total number of records accessible to the individuals concerned.
(173691)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
251
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many car parking places are reserved for (a) judges, (b) prosecution barristers, (c) defence barristers, (d) members of the public and (e) staff at Chelmsford Crown Court; what the total cost is of providing such spaces; what criteria are used for allocating car parking spaces to (i) judges, (ii) prosecution barristers, (iii) defence barristers, (iv) members of the public and (v) staff; what recent representations he has received about car parking in courts; and if he will make a statement.
(174068)
252
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what parking facilities are available at Chelmsford Crown Court for victims of crime; what recent representations he has received about this issue; and if he will make a statement.
(174069)
253
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what facilities are available at Chelmsford Crown Court for (a) defendants, (b) families of defendants and (c) victims of crime; what such facilities were available in (i) 1996, (ii) 1998, (iii) 2001, (iv) 2005 and (v) 2006; what plans he has to improve facilities; what recent representations he has received on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
(174070)
254
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average waiting time is at Chelmsford Crown Court for persons giving evidence; and what the average time taken was in (a) 1996, (b) 1998, (c) 2001, (d) 2005 and (e) 2006.
(174071)
255
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the role of the Head of Management Selection and Succession Unit (MSSU) within HM Prison Service is; what responsibility the Head of the MSSU has for making decisions on managed moves within the Service; and if he will make a statement.
(173676)
256
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what training is required for the management of informants; what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of training provided by HM Prison Service for such management; what legislation governs the provision of such training; and if he will make a statement.
(173678)
257
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 16th May 2007, Official Report, column 787W, on prison service: sick leave, how many staff are currently off work sick in HM Prison Service with stress; how many staff were off work sick with stress for a period of (a) less than one week, (b) between one and two weeks, (c) between two weeks and a month, (d) between one and two months, (e) between two and three months, (f) between three and four months, (g) between four and five months, (h) between five and six months and (i) more than six months in the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(173720)
258
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 14th May 2007, Official Report, column 554W, on prison service: termination of employment, how many of the appeals upheld in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07 were in the London area.
(173727)
259
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, with reference to the Answer of 14th May 2007, Official Report, column 552W, on prison service: termination of employment; what assessment he has made of the cost of collating this information at HM Prison Service area office level; whether information on the number of HM Prison Service employees dismissed for criminal activity in the last three years is collated in any form within HM Prison Service; and if he will make a statement.
(173761)
260
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 14th May 2007, Official Report, column 434W, on the prison service, whether Paul Baker is the assistant investigator on the investigation being run by Ron Tasker; and if he will make a statement.
(173762)
261
James Brokenshire (Hornchurch): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the extent to which issues of parenting have been considered in pre-sentence reviews used in youth courts, as referred to in the Respect Action Plan.
(173854)
262
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose.
(173813)
263
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people under 18 years old were convicted for (a) vehicle crime, (b) domestic burglary and (c) robbery in Lancashire in each of the last 10 years.
(173420)
264
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on the Offender Assessment System for the Probation Service in England and Wales in each financial year since 2003-04.
(173801)
265
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on accredited programmes for the Probation Service in England and Wales in each financial year since 2003-04.
(173802)
266
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on central infrastructure, including IT, estates and approved premises, for the Probation Service in England and Wales in each year since 1997-98.
(173803)
267
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on electronic monitors for the Probation Service in England and Wales in each financial year since 1997-98.
(173804)
268
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on probation officer training in England and Wales in each financial year since 1997-98.
(173805)
269
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on central management for the Probation Service and subsequently the National Offender Management Services in England and Wales in each financial year since 1997-98.
(173806)
270
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many on-site monitors there are in each prison in England and Wales.
(173964)
271
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what criteria are applied by the Prison Service when deciding whether an event is to be reported as a self-harming incident.
(173965)
272
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much was spent on the pilot project using satellite tracking for prisoners released on licence carried out by Group 4 Securicor; and for what reasons the pilot project was not put into operation more widely.
(173966)
273
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans the Prison Service has to make the development of structured work a central part of the National Prisons Strategy.
(173941)
274
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the durability of agreements on child contact reached through in-court conciliation; and what steps he is taking to reduce the number of such cases returning to court shortly after a child contact agreement has been reached.
(173787)
275
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the in-court conciliation pilots in diverting child contact cases from contested court proceedings.
(173788)
276
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what effect agreements reached through in-court conciliation have had on the welfare of children in child contact cases.
(173789)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
277
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose.
(173814)
278
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what plans his Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the estimated annual cost to his Department of that use is.
(174032)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
279
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what the date was of each meeting of the Cost Review Group at which updates to financial estimates were made after 25 April 2006.
(173737)
280
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, in what form financial estimates were presented to the meeting of the Cost Review Group of (a) 26th January and (b) 25th April 2006.
(173738)
281
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what the date was of each meeting of the Cost Review Group at which updates to financial estimates were made before 26th January 2006.
(173740)
282
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what material was used at the meetings of the Cost Review Groups of 26th January 2006 and 25th April 2006 to discuss financial estimates.
(173741)
283
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, if she will place copies in the Library of the written financial estimates presented to the meetings of the Cost Review Group of 26th January 2006 and 25th April 2006.
(173743)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
284
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose.
(173815)
285
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his official engagements were from 22nd November to 10th December 2007.
(173736)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
286
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what guidance the Electoral Commission has given to political parties on making donations via intermediaries and declaring the original donor.
(173759)
287
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what guidance on compliance with legislation is provided by the Commission to registered treasurers of political parties.
(173760)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
288
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much has been spent by her Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by her Department for this purpose.
(173816)
289
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the cost to the public purse of motorway accidents in 2006.
(173799)
290
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans she has to introduce more competition into the operation of motorway service areas.
(173800)
291
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents there were involving cyclists in (a) Ribble Valley constituency and (b) Lancashire in each year since 2000.
(173397)
292
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans her Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the estimated cost to her Department of that use is.
(174036)
293
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for how many hours the east coast of Scotland was without HM Coastguard search and rescue helicopter support in 2007; and if she will make a statement.
(173683)
294
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many search and rescue helicopters are available to HM Coastguard in Scotland; how many such helicopters would be needed to provide full-time helicopter cover for coastguard services in Scotland; and if she will make a statement.
(173684)
295
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many confirmed security breaches of databases controlled by her Department occurred in each of the last five years; whether the breach resulted from internal or external sources in each case; how many records were compromised on each occasion; and what estimate was made of the total number of records accessible to the individuals concerned.
(173688)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
296
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose.
(173818)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
297
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, when the Government intends to ratify the Council of Europe Convention against Trafficking in Human Beings.
(173794)
298
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how much has been spent by the Government Equalities Office (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity since it was established; and how many people are employed by the Office for this purpose.
(173819)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
299
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much has been spent by his Department (a) in total and (b) on staff costs on promoting equality and diversity in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many people are employed by his Department for this purpose.
(173844)
300
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many occupational pension schemes have fully wound up since 1997; how many are in the process of winding up; and what the total membership of such schemes was in each year since 1997.
(173750)
301
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the proportion of private sector employers who offered any pension to employees in each year since 1997 for which data is available.
(173751)
302
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost was of each New Deal programme in each year since 1997.
(173752)
303
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the cost was of all Government employment programmes in each year since 1997 for which information is available.
(173753)
304
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department may take in cases where people in receipt of jobseeker's allowance are offered appropriate employment and do not take it.
(173754)
305
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseeker's allowance (JSA) claimants have been claiming for (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) 12 months, (d) 18 months, (e) two years, (f) three years, (g) four years and (h) five years, including any period for which a person may have been on the New Deal but returned to JSA immediately afterwards.
(173755)
306
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseeker's allowance (JSA) claimants aged 16 to 24 terminated their claim after five months but before six months of making an initial claim in the latest period for which figures are available; and of those how many returned to JSA within (a) one week, (b) one month, (c) three months, (d) six months and (e) one year of such termination.
(173756)
307
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobseeker's allowance (JSA) claimants aged 25 or over terminated their claim for JSA after 17 months but before 18 months of making an initial claim in the latest period for which figures are available; and how many returned to JSA within (a) one week, (b) one month, (c) three months, (d) six months and (e) one year of such termination.
(173757)
308
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of people who were in part-time work and who were seeking full-time work in each year since 1997.
(173892)
309
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of people who were in temporary work and who were seeking permanent work in each year since 1997.
(173893)
310
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people on incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance started their claim since 1997.
(173894)
311
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much of the expenditure on the New Deal for Young People was spent on the (a) gateway, (b) voluntary sector option, (c) environmental taskforce option, (d) full-time education and training options, (e) employment option, (f) pre-gateway, (g) follow-up and (h) other parts of the programme, in each year since 1997.
(173895)
312
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much of the expenditure on the New Deal for 25 plus was spent on the (a) pre-gateway, (b) gateway, (c) intensive activity period (i) employment, (ii) basic employability and skills training, (iii) self-employment, (iv) educational and training opportunities, (v) work experience/placements, (vi) training and (vii) other options, (d) follow through and (e) other parts of the programme in each year since 1997.
(173896)
313
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people participated in the New Deal for 25 plus in the (a) pre-gateway, (b) gateway, (c) intensive activity period (i) employment, (ii) basic employability and skills training, (iii) self-employment, (iv) educational and training opportunities, (v) work experience/placements, (vi) training, (vii) other options and (d) follow through in each year since 1997.
(173897)
314
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether those returning to jobseeker's allowance (JSA) immediately after a period on the New Deal are counted as making two distinct claims for JSA; and how the duration of a claim for JSA is determined.
(173898)
315
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people participated in the New Deal for Young People in the (a) pre-gateway, (b) gateway, (c) voluntary sector option, (d) environmental taskforce option, (e) full-time education and training option, (f) employment option and (g) follow-through stage in each year since 1997.
(173899)
316
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether claimants may receive jobseeker's allowance for more than 18 months as a result of single claim; and if he will make a statement.
(173900)
317
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for 25 plus (ND25+) participants who left the ND25+ at the intensive activity period stage (self employment option) went into (a) employment, (b) employment and benefits, (c) benefits - jobseeker's allowance, (d) benefits - income support, (e) benefits - incapacity benefit, (f) benefits - income support and incapacity benefit, (g) benefits - other/unknown benefits, (h) other known destination and (i) off benefits unknown destination within (1) two weeks, (2) three months, (3) six months and (4) one year of leaving the programme in each year since 1997 for which information is available.
(173901)
318
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for 25 plus (ND25+) participants who left the ND25+ at the intensive activity period stage (basic skills and employability training option) went into (a) employment, (b) employment and benefits, (c) benefits - jobseeker's allowance, (d) benefits - income support, (e) benefits - incapacity benefit, (f) benefits - income support and incapacity benefit, (g) benefits - other/unknown benefits, (h) other known destination and (i) off benefits unknown destination within (1) two weeks, (2) three months, (3) six months and (4) one year of leaving the programme in each year since 1997 for which information is available.
(173902)
319
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for 25 plus (ND25+) participants who left the ND25+ at the intensive activity period stage (education and training opportunities option) went into (a) employment, (b) employment and benefits, (c) benefits - jobseeker's allowance, (d) benefits - income support, (e) benefits - incapacity benefit, (f) benefits - income support and incapacity benefit, (g) benefits - other/unknown benefits, (h) other known destination and (i) off benefits unknown destination within (1) two weeks, (2) three months, (3) six months and (4) one year of leaving the programme in each year since 1997 for which information is available.
(173903)
320
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for 25 plus (ND25+) participants who left the ND25+ at the Intensive Activity Period stage (training option) went into (a) employment, (b) employment and benefits, (c) benefits - jobseeker's allowance, (d) benefits - income support, (e) benefits - incapacity benefit, (f) benefits - income support and incapacity benefit, (g) benefits - other/unknown benefits, (h) other known destination and (i) off benefits unknown destination within (1) two weeks, (2) three months, (3) six months and (4) one year of leaving the programme in each year since 1997 for which information is available.
(173904)
321
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for 25 plus (ND25+) participants who left the ND25+ at the Intensive Activity Period stage (other option) went into (a) employment, (b) employment and benefits, (c) benefits - jobseeker's allowance, (d) benefits - income support, (e) benefits - incapacity benefit, (f) benefits - income support and incapacity benefit, (g) benefits - other/unknown benefits, (h) other known destination and (i) off benefits unknown destination within (1) two weeks, (2) three months, (3) six months and (4) one year of leaving the programme in each year since 1997 for which information is available.
(173905)
322
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for Young People (NDYP) participants who left the NDYP at the pre-gateway stage went into (a) employment, (b) employment and benefits, (c) benefits - jobseeker's allowance, (d) benefits - income support, (e) benefits - incapacity benefit, (f) benefits - income support and incapacity benefit, (g) benefits - other/unknown benefits, (h) other known destination and (i) off benefits unknown destination within (1) two weeks, (2) three months, (3) six months and (4) one year of leaving the programme in each year since 1997 for which information is available.
(173906)
323
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for Young People (NDYP) participants who left the NDYP at the gateway stage went into (a) employment, (b) employment and benefits, (c) benefits - jobseeker's allowance, (d) benefits - income support, (e) benefits - incapacity benefit, (f) benefits - income support and incapacity benefit, (g) benefits - other/unknown benefits, (h) other known destination and (i) off benefits unknown destination within (1) two weeks, (2) three months, (3) six months and (4) one year of leaving the programme in each year since 1997 for which information is available.
(173907)
324
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for Young People (NDYP) participants who left the NDYP at the option stage - employment went into (a) employment, (b) employment and benefits, (c) benefits - jobseeker's allowance, (d) benefits - income support, (e) benefits - incapacity benefit, (f) benefits - income support and incapacity benefit, (g) benefits - other/unknown benefits, (h) other known destination and (i) off benefits unknown destination within (1) two weeks, (2) three months, (3) six months and (4) one year of leaving the programme in each year since 1997 for which information is available.
(173908)
325
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for Young People (NDYP) participants who left the NDYP at the option stage - full-time education went into (a) employment, (b) employment and benefits, (c) benefits - jobseeker's allowance, (d) benefits - income support, (e) benefits - incapacity benefit, (f) benefits - income support and incapacity benefit, (g) benefits - other/unknown benefits, (h) other known destination and (i) off benefits unknown destination within (1) two weeks, (2) three months, (3) six months and (4) one year of leaving the programme in each year since 1997 for which information is available.
(173909)
326
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for Young People (NDYP) participants who left the NDYP at the option stage - voluntary sector went into (a) employment, (b) employment and benefits, (c) benefits - jobseeker's allowance, (d) benefits - income support, (e) benefits - incapacity benefit, (f) benefits - income support and incapacity benefit, (g) benefits - other/unknown benefits, (h) other known destination and (i) off benefits unknown destination within (1) two weeks, (2) three months, (3) six months and (4) one year of leaving the programme in each year since 1997 for which information is available.
(173910)
327
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of applicants for incapacity benefit underwent a face-to-face assessment as part of the process to approve their claim in each year since 1997.
(173911)
328
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of people terminating their jobseeker's allowance claim after (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) 12 months and (d) two years of claiming the benefit were in receipt of (i) jobseeker's allowance, (ii) income support and (iii) incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance (A) up to six months, (B) between six and 12 months and (C) more than 12 months after leaving the benefit in each year since 1997.
(173912)
329
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of (a) the number of people in part-time work, (b) the proportion of the workforce in part-time work and (c) the number of people in part-time work who are seeking full-time work in each year since 1997.
(173913)
330
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of people terminating their incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance claim after (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) 12 months and (d) two years of claiming the benefit were in receipt of (i) jobseeker's allowance, (ii) income support and (iii) incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance (A) up to six months, (B) between six and 12 months and (c) more than 12 months after leaving benefit in each year since 1997.
(173914)
331
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what percentage of people terminating their income support claim after (a) three months, (b) six months, (c) 12 months and (d) two years of claiming the benefit were in receipt of (i) jobseeker's allowance, (ii) income support and (iii) incapacity benefit/severe disablement allowance (A) up to six months, (B) between six and 12 months and (c) more than 12 months after leaving benefit in each year since 1997.
(173915)
332
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for Young People (NDYP) participants who left the NDYP at the option stage (environment task force) went into (a) employment, (b) employment and benefits, (c) benefits - jobseeker's allowance, (d) benefits - income support, (e) benefits - incapacity benefit, (f) benefits - income support and incapacity benefit, (g) benefits - other/unknown benefits, (h) other known destination and (i) off benefits unknown destination within (A) two weeks, (B) three months, (C) six months and (D) one year of leaving the programme for which figures are available in each year since 1997.
(173918)
333
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for Young People (NDYP) participants who left the NDYP at the follow through stage whose last option was (a) education and training, (b) voluntary sector and (c) environment task force went into (i) employment, (ii) employment and benefits, (iii) benefits - jobseeker's allowance, (iv) benefits - income support, (v) benefits - incapacity benefit, (vi) benefits - income support and incapacity benefit, (vii) benefits - other/unknown benefits, (viii) other known destination and (ix) off benefits unknown destination within (A) two weeks, (B) three months, (C) six months and (D) one year of leaving the programme for which figures are available in each year since 1997.
(173919)
334
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for 25 plus (ND25+) participants who left the ND25+ at the pre-gateway stage went into (a) employment, (b) employment and benefits, (c) benefits - jobseeker's allowance, (d) benefits - income support, (e) benefits - incapacity benefit, (f) benefits - income support and incapacity benefit, (g) benefits - other/unknown benefits, (h) other known destination and (i) off benefits unknown destination within (i) two weeks, (ii) three months, (iii) six months and (iv) one year of leaving the programme for which information is available in each year since 1997.
(173920)
335
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for 25 plus (ND25+) participants who left the ND25+ at the gateway stage went into (a) employment, (b) employment and benefits, (c) benefits - jobseeker's allowance, (d) benefits - income support, (e) benefits - incapacity benefit, (f) benefits - income support and incapacity benefit, (g) benefits - other/unknown benefits, (h) other known destination and (i) off benefits unknown destination within (i) two weeks, (ii) three months, (iii) six months and (iv) one year of leaving the programme for which information is available in each year since 1997.
(173921)
336
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for 25 plus (ND25+) participants who left the ND25+ at the intensive activity period stage went into (a) employment, (b) employment and benefits, (c) benefits - jobseeker's allowance, (d) benefits - income support, (e) benefits - incapacity benefit, (f) benefits - income support and incapacity benefit, (g) benefits - other/unknown benefits, (h) other known destination and (i) off benefits unknown destination within (i) two weeks, (ii) three months, (iii) six months and (iv) one year of leaving the programme for which information is available in each year since 1997.
(173922)
337
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people on job seekers allowance who have spent five or more of the last 10 years on out-of-work benefits.
(173923)
338
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people on job seekers allowance who have spent (a) more than two of the last five years and (b) more than two of the last three years on out-of-work benefits.
(173924)
339
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for 25 plus (ND25+) participants who left the ND25+ at the intensive activity period stage (work experience/placement option) went into (a) employment, (b) employment and benefits, (c) benefits - job seekers allowance, (d) benefits - income support, (e) benefits - incapacity benefit, (f) benefits - income support and incapacity benefit, (g) benefits - other/unknown benefits, (h) other known destination and (i) off benefits unknown destination within (i) two weeks, (ii) three months, (iii) six months and (iv) one year of leaving the programme in each year since 1997 for which information is available.
(173925)
340
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many New Deal for 25 plus (ND25+) participants who left the ND25+ at the follow through stage whose last option was (a) employment, (b) basic skills and employability training, (c) self-employment, (d) education and training opportunities and (e) work experience/placements went into (i) employment, (ii) employment and benefits, (iii) benefits - job seekers allowance, (iv) benefits - income support, (v) benefits - incapacity benefit, (vi) benefits - income support and incapacity benefit, (vii) benefits - other/unknown benefits, (viii) other known destination and (ix) off benefits unknown destination within (1) two weeks, (2) three months, (3) six months and (4) one year of leaving the programme in each year since 1997 for which information is available.
(173926)
341
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effects on the payment of benefits to UK citizens resident elsewhere in the EU of the judgment of the European Court of Justice in case C299/05 on 18th October.
(173942)
342
Mr Philip Hammond (Runnymede & Weybridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans his Department has to make use of data on the National Identity Register when it is established; and what the estimated cost to his Department of that use is.
(174050)
343
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to change the proportion of pension payments made to occupational pension scheme members who make claims to the financial assistance scheme; and what the timescale is for such changes.
(173781)
344
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what recent assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the administration of the financial assistance scheme in making timely payments to those who qualify for assistance under the scheme.
(173785)
345
Mr David Kidney (Stafford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the findings in the Young report on changes to the proportion of pensions payable in cases involving the financial assessment scheme.
(173786)
346
Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for what reason the personal benefit advice software provided by Jobcentre Plus is compatible with MS Windows platforms only.
(174090)
347
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effect of future funding plans for the Health and Safety Executive on its ability to perform its role.
(173795)
348
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) enforcement notices have been served and (b) prosecutions have been initiated by health and safety inspectors under health and safety at work legislation in each year since 2002-03.
(173796)
349
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) incidents and (b) complaints were (i) reported to and (ii) investigated by the Health and Safety Executive in each of the last four years.
(173797)
350
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many inspectors were employed by the Health and Safety Executive in 2006-07; and how many are expected to be employed in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2008-09.
(173798)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
351
Mrs Siân C. James (Swansea East): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of swimming pool lifeguards who receive the minimum wage at the (a) adult and (b) 16 to 17 year old rate.
[Transferred] (173793)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
352
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many stillbirths there were as a percentage of all births in the UK in each of the last 10 years.
[Transferred] (173968)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
353
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when the Youth Citizenship Commission referred to in the Governance of Britain Green Paper will be launched; who the members of the commission will be; when he expects the recommendations of the commission to be published; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (174088)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
354
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the status is of the European Security and Defence Policy mission to Guinea Bissau.
[Transferred] (173717)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
355
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much food imported into the UK contained genetically modified ingredients in the last year for which figures are available; what labelling is required on those foodstuffs; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (173972)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
356
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what records have been retained of the meetings of the Cost Review Groups of 26th January 2006 and 25th April 2006.
[Transferred] (173739)
Questions to the Solicitor General
357
Mr David Burrowes (Enfield, Southgate): To ask the Solicitor General, if she will break down the offences dealt with by the imposition of a conditional caution in the last year by offence committed; and what assessment she has made of the level of compliance with the Director of Public Prosecution's guidance on offences that may be conditionally cautioned.
[Transferred] (173749)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
358
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average income was of the (a) top and (b) bottom quartile of households with dependent children in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (173891)

 
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