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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 17 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 Monday 17 December 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Monday 17 December 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Monday 17 December of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Monday 17 December of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Monday 17 December see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the number of permanent new local jobs which would be created by the new coal power station at Kingsnorth.
(174683)
2
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the maturity and practicality of carbon capture and storage technologies.
(174684)
3
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what representations he has received from industry on the (a) costs and (b) expected dates of retrofitting carbon capture and storage to new build coal fired power stations.
(174685)
4
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the likely effect of the introduction of new coal power stations on achievement of the target of 20 per cent of energy from renewable sources by 2020.
(174686)
5
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the expected date for installation of carbon capture and storage at the proposed new coal power station at Kingsnorth is.
(174687)
6
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the likely level of carbon dioxide emissions from the proposed coal power plant at Kingsnorth; and of the likely proportion of UK carbon dioxide emissions which will come from the plant in 2020.
(174688)
7
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether he plans to order a public enquiry into the proposed new coal power station at Kingsnorth.
(174689)
8
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what representations he has received on the proposed new coal power station at Kingsnorth.
(174690)
9
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many proposed coal burning power plants are under consideration for approval by his Department; what account his Department takes of likely levels of carbon dioxide emissions from such plants in the approval process; and what estimate he has made of the likely percentage of UK carbon dioxide emissions which will come from such plants in 2020.
(174692)
10
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether the existing plant at Kingsnorth will operate alongside the proposed new coal power station at Kingsnorth between 2012 and 2015.
(174697)
11
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment his Department made of alternative sources of energy which could be used in place of new coal build at Kingsnorth power station.
(174698)
12
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether plans exist for minimum efficiency standards for greenhouse gas emissions to be applied to applications for new power plants.
(175418)
13
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how carbon capture and storage technology will be considered in Government negotiations on the clean development mechanism of the Kyoto Protocol.
(175420)
14
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what research his Department has carried out into mapping the potential for heat capture in the UK.
(175421)
15
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what advice is provided to local authorities considering applications for new, unabated fossil fuel power plants.
(175425)
16
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will order a public inquiry on the proposal for a new, unabated coal plant at Kingsnorth in Kent.
(175426)
17
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate has been made of the level of effect on carbon emissions of construction of fossil fuel plants without operational carbon capture and storage technology.
(175428)
18
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what research the Department has carried out on the cost of carbon capture and storage technology.
(175430)
19
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether carbon capture and storage technology will be eligible for capital allowances.
(175431)
20
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether carbon capture and storage technology will be eligible for capital grants.
(175432)
21
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether carbon capture and storage technology will be made exempt from the Climate Change Levy.
(175433)
22
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much Government funding the UK coal industry received annually since 1997; and what plans there are to continue such funding.
(175434)
23
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many staff were employed by the Defence Export Services Organisation; how many of those have been transferred to UK Trade and Investment; and if he will make a statement.
(175370)
24
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what costs have been incurred by the transfer of the Defence Export Services Organisation to UK Trade and Investment of its responsibilities; and if he will make a statement.
(175371)
25
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many UK citizens had their views directly solicited in respect of plans for an increased number of nuclear power stations; and if he will make a statement.
(174639)
26
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many letters his Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174946)
27
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174962)
28
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30th June 2004, (b) 30th June 2005 and (c) 30th June 2006.
(175340)
29
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much his Department and its predecessor spent on Eurostar tickets to Brussels in each of the last 11 years.
(175435)
30
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many post offices were open in Peterborough constituency in (a) 1997, (b) 2001 and (c) 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(174467)
31
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps the Government is undertaking to promote small business start-up schemes among young people in the North East.
(175221)
32
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms.
(174990)
33
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what Government support is being provided to the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation in 2007-08.
(174649)
34
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what meetings he has had with ministerial colleagues on the effect of the development of miners' welfares for participation in sports.
(174651)
35
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps his Department takes in circumstances where Vendside refuses to transfer files to a solicitor as requested by a claimant for miner's compensation.
(174657)
36
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what land and buildings the Coal Industry Social Welfare Organisation owns in (a) Bassetlaw and (b) Nottinghamshire.
(174658)
37
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what plans he has to negotiate a second or revised Warwick Agreement arrangement with the trades unions.
(174822)
38
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what discussions he has had on revision to the Warwick Agreement arrangement with the trades unions.
(174823)
39
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer has produced on whether trades union employees not funded by a trade union political fund can utilise their time to engage in political campaigning.
(174865)
40
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what guidance (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer has produced on whether employees taking leave from their employment to undertake their trades union activities can engage in political campaigning as part of those trade union duties.
(174866)
41
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2007, Official Report, column 1141W, on trades unions: regional development agencies (RDAs), which RDAs have no trades union member on their board.
(175039)
42
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2007, Official Report, column 1141W, on trade unions: regional development agencies (RDAs), what (a) his policy and (b) the policy of the assessment panels is on whether a trade union representative should be appointed to each RDA board.
(175040)
43
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether he plans to introduce proposals for new (a) legislation, (b) regulation and (c) guidance on the administration and conduct of trades union ballots.
(175166)
44
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175310)
45
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will make it his policy to ensure that all suppliers of gas are regulated by the energy supply ombudsman.
(175109)
46
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of incinerating waste for the purpose of producing electricity; and if he will make a statement.
(174567)
47
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the volume of emissions generated by the incineration of waste for the purpose of electricity generation compared to the burning of (a) coal, (b) gas and (c) oil for the same purpose; and if he will make a statement.
(174568)
48
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether he has sought assurances from the Post Office that the Horizon payments system will cope with the number of transactions expected to take place on 24th December 2007.
(174868)
49
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the performance and reliability of the Horizon payments system in delivering benefits.
(174869)
50
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what discussions he has had with ministerial colleagues in the Department for Work and Pensions on the timetable of pension and benefits payments in the period before Christmas 2007.
(174870)
51
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assurances he has sought from the Post Office that all pensioners will be able to receive their pensions from post offices before Christmas 2007.
(175023)
52
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what contingency plans there are should pension and benefit claimants be unable to access their payments from post offices before Christmas.
(175024)
53
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Horsham of 28th November 2007, Official Report, column 467W, on trades unions: finance, if he will introduce regulations to provide that trades union members who opt out of a union's political fund must be charged a proportionately lower subscription rate.
(174704)
54
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment (a) his Department and (b) the Certification Officer has made of the number of trades unions which affiliate more members to the Labour Party than they have members paying the political levy.
(174706)
55
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, for how long each power station in the United Kingdom has been shut down for (a) safety concerns and (b) essential maintenance in each of the last 10 years.
(174526)
56
N
Mr Mike Weir (Angus): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many temporary shutdowns there were of (a) nuclear, (b) coal, (c) hydro-electric, (d) gas and (e) oil-fired power stations in each of the last 10 years.
(174527)
57
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will ensure that a reply is sent to the hon. Member for Walsall North's letter to the Chief Executive of Ofgem of 30th October; and what the reasons are for the time taken to send a reply.
(174582)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
58
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the employment rate of (a) men and (b) women was in each region in each quarter of the last 10 years.
(174729)
59
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the employment rate of (a) male and (b) female lone parents was in each region in each quarter of the last 10 years.
(174838)
60
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the employment rate of (a) male and (b) female members of each ethnic minority was in each region in each quarter of the last 10 years.
(174839)
61
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the employment rate of (a) men and (b) women aged over 50 years was in each region in each quarter of the last 10 years.
(174840)
62
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the employment rate for (a) men and (b) women with fewer than five GCSEs at grade A to C or equivalent in each region was in each quarter for the last 10 years.
(174882)
63
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the employment rate for disabled (a) men and (b) women was in each region in each quarter of the last 10 years.
(174883)
64
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was collected in repayment of tax credit overpayments by HM Revenue and Customs in each month since April 2003.
(175156)
65
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will review the ways in which employer-provided gym and sports club memberships are treated for tax purposes.
(174813)
66
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people whose data were on the child benefit discs have yet to be sent a letter of apology.
(175366)
67
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the reasons for recent increases in the price of (a) heating oil, (b) petrol and (c) diesel; and if he will make statement.
(174912)
68
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what percentage of the retail price of (a) heating oil, (b) petrol and (c) diesel is accounted for by tax.
(174913)
69
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people died of spinal muscular atrophy in each year since 2001.
(175290)
70
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on the review of approved mileage allowance payments to date; which non-governmental individuals and organisations the review team has met since the 2007 Pre-Budget Report was published; what liaison there has been between the review team and (a) the Department for Transport and (b) the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on this; and what discussions there have been between his Department and trades union representatives on the use of private cars for work purposes by public sector employees as part of the review.
(174815)
71
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account he plans to take of the levels of carbon dioxide emissions from vehicles when next amending the approved mileage allowance payments scheme.
(174816)
72
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the reasons were for the extension of the approved mileage allowance payments review; and whether the conclusions of the review will be included in the Budget Report 2008.
(175161)
73
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what effect the increases in advisory fuel rates agreed by HM Revenue and Customs on 29th November 2007 will have on his Department's review of approved mileage allowance payments.
(175162)
74
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department has conducted further research into the average mileage driven for work purposes since the 2007 Pre-Budget Report.
(175163)
75
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether the approved mileage allowance payments review will take into account the effect of rising fuel costs on workers who have to use their own cars for work purposes.
(175164)
76
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what account has been taken of the needs of those who live in rural areas and have to use their car for work purposes in the approved mileage allowance payments review.
(175165)
77
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to use the Approved Mileage Allowance Payments review to incentivise the purchase of newer vehicles by employers; and what effect the review will have on the access of employees to a provided vehicle, with particular reference to those working in the care sector.
(175212)
78
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's policy is on the tax treatment of the provision of cars for public sector employees.
(175283)
79
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether he plans to introduce duty increases on alcohol prior to the next Budget statement.
(174828)
80
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many home repossessions there were in (a) Ribble Valley, (b) Lancashire and (c) England in each of the last five years.
(174446)
81
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with banks on preparation of a safety net to prevent home repossessions.
(174447)
82
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the staff turnover rate was for customs officers in HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(174522)
83
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much HM Revenue and Customs spent on employing customs officers in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(174523)
84
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many customs officers were recruited by HM Revenue and Customs in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(174524)
85
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) full- and (b) part-time customs officers HM Revenue and Customs employed in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(174525)
86
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) permanent and (b) temporary customs officers HM Revenue and Customs employed in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(174564)
87
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many letters his Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174944)
88
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Irish citizens are estimated to be resident in the UK; and what estimate he has made of the likely number in 2017.
(174762)
89
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30th June 2004, (b) 30th June 2005 and (c) 30th June 2006.
(175335)
90
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people died from (a) overdoses of prescription medicine, (b) adverse interactions of prescription drugs, (c) overdoses of herbal medicine and (d) adverse interactions of herbal medicines in the last 12 month period for which figures are available.
(175410)
91
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what proportion of Civil Service jobs in the North East were at each grade in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(174693)
92
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent estimate is of (a) the proportion of tobacco products consumed in the UK on which duty was not paid due to smuggling and fraud in each year since 1997 and (b) the resultant loss of income to the Exchequer.
(174768)
93
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent assessment he has made of the price elasticity of demand for tobacco.
(174769)
94
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people earn more than the minimum wage but less than £6.75 per hour; how many of those work in the (a) private and (b) public sector; and if he will make a statement.
(174852)
95
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what Tax Credit Office targets there are for responding to letters from hon. and Rt. hon. Members; and how many letters received responses outside the target period in each (a) month and (b) quarter since 1st November 2006.
(175158)
96
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many (a) people and (b) businesses had to pay penalties as a result of filing VAT returns one day late after the Bank Holiday Monday on 7th May 2007.
(174902)
97
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms.
(174985)
98
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down the Government Equalities Office new estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms.
(174999)
99
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down the (a) Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills, (b) Food Standards Agency and (c) Office of Rail Regulation (i) main estimate and (ii) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (A) near cash and (B) non-cash terms.
(175000)
100
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down the (a) Assets Recovery Agency, (b) Charity Commission and (c) Northern Ireland Court Service (i) main estimate and (ii) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (A) near cash and (B) non-cash terms.
(175001)
101
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down the (a) National Archives, (b) Crown Prosecution Service and (c) Serious Fraud Office (i) main estimate and (ii) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (A) near cash and (B) non-cash terms.
(175002)
102
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down the (a) HM Procurator General and Treasury Solicitor, (b) Office of Gas and Electricity and (c) Postal Services Commission (i) main estimate and (ii) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (A) near cash and (B) non-cash terms.
(175003)
103
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down the (a) Forestry Commission, (b) HM Revenue and Customs and (c) National Savings and Investments (i) main estimate and (ii) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (A) near cash and (B) non-cash terms.
(175004)
104
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down the (a) Office for National Statistics, (b) National School of Government and (c) Privy Council Office (i) main estimate and (ii) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (A) near cash and (B) non-cash terms.
(175005)
105
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what progress his Department is making on the Clear Line of Sight project; and if he will make a statement.
(175208)
106
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average UK life expectancy is; and what the average life expectancy is for residents of mining communities.
(174654)
107
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6th December 2007, Official Report, column 1413W, on Government departments: property, how much (a) total floor area and (b) vacant space was recorded on the electronic property information mapping service database for each Government department and agency in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(174811)
108
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what guidance has been provided by (a) his Department and (b) the Financial Services Authority to banks and building societies taking part in the direct debit guarantee on whether (a) the explicit consent of customers is needed and (b) customers should be informed in writing when a supplier or company wishes to increase the amount that can be deducted from the customer's bank account by direct debit.
(175169)
109
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether (a) his Department and (b) HM Revenue and Customs will hold a (i) Christmas pantomime or similar production and (ii) Christmas party in 2007.
(175188)
110
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175301)
111
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his estimate is of the (a) public expenditure consequences and (b) economic effects of measures introduced to increase employment in Darlington since 1997.
(174885)
112
Mr Alan Milburn (Darlington): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths from an alcohol-related underlying cause took place in (a) each nation of the UK, (b) each region of England and (c) Darlington in each of the last 10 years.
(175157)
113
Jessica Morden (Newport East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will ensure that no change is made in information requested about carers in the 2011 census return from that requested in the 2001 census return.
(175296)
114
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, for what reasons benefits in pregnancy are to be provided through the Health in Pregnancy Grant; and if he will make a statement.
(174328)
115
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Polish children living in Poland are in receipt of (a) child tax credits and (b) child benefit; and how much was spent on those payments in the last year for which figures are available.
(174673)
116
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether birth or adoption certificates are required as proof of entitlement before the payment of family benefits for the children of European Economic Area nationals resident abroad.
(174674)
117
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff work for the International Claims Processing Section of HM Revenue and Customs; and what its annual operating costs were in the last year for which figures are available.
(174675)
118
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the environmental implications of relocating Huddersfield HM Revenue and Customs staff from local offices to Bradford.
(175473)
119
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to reimburse staff from HM Revenue and Customs Huddersfield for increased travel costs as a result of having to relocate to the Bradford branch.
(175474)
120
Mr Barry Sheerman (Huddersfield): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what plans he has to help those employees of HM Revenue and Customs who are unable to relocate to a different branch to find alternative employment.
(175475)
121
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many suicides there were in each 10 year age cohort in each of the last 10 years.
(174841)
122
Mr Ben Wallace (Lancaster & Wyre): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 13th December 2007, to Question 172044 on HM Revenue and Customs' data, what guidance he has given to his officials on responding to Parliamentary Questions on data loss during the on-going review.
(175417)
123
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people paid voluntary national insurance contributions in each of the last 10 years.
(175055)
124
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many computer-generated letters were sent out by HM Revenue and Customs notifying a shortfall in national insurance contributions for the 2005-06 tax year; and how many were sent in error.
(175056)
125
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people over the age of 65 were issued bills for unpaid tax in each year since 1997.
(175066)
126
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many people over the age of 65 were overtaxed by HM Revenue and Customs and the Inland Revenue in each year since 1997.
(175067)
127
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many individuals used appeals procedure ESC A19 in each year since 1997.
(175068)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
128
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of children were living in workless households in each region in each quarter since January 1997, broken down by ethnicity.
(174725)
129
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of childcare providers were registered with Ofsted in each region in each year since 1997.
(174727)
130
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people in each (a) income decile, (b) region and (c) income decile in each region took up formal childcare in the last 12 months.
(174728)
131
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will issue new guidelines for local authorities on home education.
(174166)
132
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what progress is being made on the implementation of recommendations from the Children's Workforce Development Council on the training of educational psychologists.
(174592)
133
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has to ensure adequate numbers of educational psychologists over the next 10 years; and if he will take steps to ensure that their numbers do not fall below the current level.
(174593)
134
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of educational psychologists required to fulfil the objectives of the Children's Plan.
(174594)
135
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many educational psychologists are employed by local authorities in England.
(174595)
136
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he will reply to the questions (a) 168899 on services provided by Capita and (b) 165763 on CfBT Education Trust tabled by the hon. Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton on 21st November.
(174731)
137
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he will reply to the question 171461, on the number of mainstream secondary schools that have not entered students for a GCSE in modern languages, tabled by the hon. Member for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton on 30th November.
(174732)
138
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of the role of educational psychologists in the education system.
(174733)
139
Mr Nick Gibb (Bognor Regis & Littlehampton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether agreement has been reached between his Department and the Local Government Association on funding for the training of educational psychologists.
(174734)
140
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) males aged between 16 and 64 years and (b) females aged between 16 and 59 years were not in education, employment or training in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001, (iii) 2005 and (iv) 2007.
(174637)
141
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many letters his Department and its predecessors received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174927)
142
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174953)
143
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30th June 2004, (b) 30th June 2005 and (c) 30th June 2006.
(175333)
144
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of students in (a) the City of Sunderland and (b) the North East Region are eligible to receive free school meals.
(175222)
145
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of pupils in (a) the City of Sunderland and (b) the North East achieved more than five A* to C grades at GCSE in each year since 1997.
(175223)
146
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that residents from the City of Sunderland will have the necessary skills to take advantage of jobs resulting from the Olympics in 2012.
(175224)
147
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which local authorities have agreed to co-sponsor academies; and on which date each made the agreement.
(174663)
148
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his latest long-term target for the number of academies is; and if he will make a statement.
(174664)
149
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of religious schools select pupils for admission by faith; and if he will make a statement.
(175146)
150
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, in how many secondary schools in Kent over 70 per cent. of pupils did not achieve five A*-C GCSEs, including English and mathematics, in the latest year for which figures are available.
(175147)
151
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many requests to open new grammar schools were received from each local authority in each year since 1997; what approval is needed from his Department to open a new grammar school; and if he will make a statement.
(175148)
152
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he will answer questions (a) 164444, (b) 164421, (c) 164420, (d) 166028, (e) 166037, (f) 164423, (g) 166105, (h) 166107, (i) 166030, (j) 165755, (k) 166686, (l) 166106, (m) 168199, (n) 168191, (o) 166731, (p) 169801, (q) 167782, (r) 168194, (s) 169834, (t) 169839, (u) 169832, (v) 169838, (w) 169800, (x) 169833, (y) 169837, (z) 170196, (aa) 170790 and (ab) 170786 tabled by the hon. Member for Yeovil.
(175149)
153
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he will answer questions (a) 163291, (b) 163205, (c) 163194, (d) 163314, (e) 163318, (f) 163211, (g) 163320, (h) 163319, (i) 163310, (j) 163386, (k) 163193, (l) 163102, (m) 163455, (n) 163548, (o) 163554, (p) 163534, (q) 163759, (r) 163564, (s) 163557, (t) 164018, (u) 163821, (v) 164017, (w) 163765, (x) 163766, (y) 163762, (z) 173767, (aa) 163764, (ab) 163311 and (ac) 163209 tabled by the hon. Member for Yeovil.
(175151)
154
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much deprivation-related funding is allocated to each school in Somerset; and if he will make a statement.
(175152)
155
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms.
(174995)
156
N
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of parents who opted their children out of personal social and health education in the lastest period for which figures are available.
(175205)
157
N
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of schools which did not include sex and relationships education in their personal social and health education curriculum in the latest period for which figures are available.
(175206)
158
N
Chris McCafferty (Calder Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many (a) school nurses and (b) school nurses who teach sex and relationships education in schools there were in the latest period for which figures are available.
(175207)
159
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the five (a) highest and (b) lowest performing primary schools in England were in each of the last 10 years in terms of (i) Key Stage 2 SAT results and (ii) value-added measures.
(175213)
160
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175315)
161
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children of school age there are who are bilingual learners or have English as a second language, in each local authority.
(174864)
162
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, 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.
(174566)
163
N
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his most recent assessment is of literacy standards in primary schools; and if he will make a statement.
(174104)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
164
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the total budget of the National Youth Volunteering Programme is for 2007-08; how much is allocated to London; and if he will make a statement.
(175367)
165
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what guidance the Cabinet Office has issued to Government departments on whether they are required to check on the security clearances of contractors staff providing security services to their buildings.
(175022)
166
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many letters his Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174937)
167
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174951)
168
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30th June 2004, (b) 30th June 2005 and (c) 30th June 2006.
(175325)
169
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what guidelines he has provided to Government departments on responding to letters and e-mails from (a) members of the public and (b) hon. and right hon. Members (i) acknowledging receipt of the correspondence and (ii) giving the time allowed for a substantive answer to be sent.
(174167)
170
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms.
(174996)
171
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what guidance he has issued to his Department's (a) staff and (b) special advisers on the use of non-government email accounts for official purposes.
(174812)
172
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 1344W, on public participation: incentives, what criteria were used to select the public participants in the deliberative forum on the draft legislative programme.
(174873)
173
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 1344W, on public participation: incentives, if he will place in the Library a copy of the report summarising the forum and giving the conclusions on public opinion.
(174874)
174
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 1344W, on public participation: incentives, if he will place in the Library a copy of each of the handouts provided to participants at the forum.
(174875)
175
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 1344W, on public participation: incentives, which opinion polling organisations attended the event.
(174876)
176
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 1344W, on public participation: incentives, who the speakers at the forum were.
(174877)
177
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 1344W, on public participation: incentives, what the cost to the public purse of the forum was.
(174878)
178
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 1344W, on public participation: incentives, what payment was made to each participant excluding the cost of accommodation and travel.
(174879)
179
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 1344W, on public participation: incentives, in what manner the forum was advertised to the general public.
(174880)
180
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which buildings for which his Department is responsible have premises licences under the Licensing Act 2003.
(175167)
181
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what guidance the Charity Commission has produced on political campaigning by student unions which have charitable status; and when it was last revised.
(175168)
182
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what plans he has to bring forward proposals for (a) primary legislation, (b) secondary legislation and (c) guidance on allowing charities greater freedom to campaign on changes to legislation; and what plans he has to issue a consultation paper on this matter.
(175175)
183
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175316)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
184
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much of the funding allocated for infrastructure in growth areas and growth points will be available for new build and refurbishment of sports and leisure facilities.
(174846)
185
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was paid in fees to consultants for Fire Service-related work undertaken for her Department in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and what estimated fees her Department expects to pay to consultants working on Fire Service-related work in each year covered by the Comprehensive Spending Review 2007.
(175281)
186
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to increase levels of funding for the Preventing Violent Extremism Community Leadership Fund over the next three years.
(174757)
187
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to increase levels of funding for the Preventing Violent Extremism Pathfinder Fund over the next three years.
(174758)
188
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many letters her Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174938)
189
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many staff work in her Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174964)
190
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what Gershon savings the Government expect to obtain from (a) stand-alone fire authorities and (b) fire authorities which are part of a local authority.
(175014)
191
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the criteria were for deciding on the membership of the Government's Zero Carbon Homes Taskforce; and if she will appoint representatives of providers of affordable housing to the taskforce.
(175007)
192
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities managing their own housing stock are in (a) positive and (b) negative subsidy.
(175008)
193
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the density of population in the Borough of Tamworth, excluding the flood plain area, is expressed in acres per 100,000 people.
(174713)
194
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many acres of green space there are in the Borough of Tamworth, excluding the flood plain area.
(174714)
195
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what guidance her Department provides on how much public green space should be available per head of population in urban areas.
(174715)
196
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will end the practice of deemed planning consent for mobile telephone masts where telecommunications companies do not receive any notification.
(174764)
197
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether it is a requirement for staff in the Office of the Local Government Ombudsman not to have previously been local government employees.
(174899)
198
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if she will break down her Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms.
(174993)
199
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she will publish the criteria she will use to assess which proposals for eco-towns will be taken forward.
(173872)
200
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what planning process will be used for construction of an eco-town that is not (a) supported and (b) proposed by the relevant local authority.
(173873)
201
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how she plans to fill the post of Chief Executive of the Thames Gateway; what the timescale is for filling the post; what interim arrangement will be made until the post is filled; whether she expects any consequential reorganisation to be necessary in her Department; and if she will make a statement.
(174387)
202
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the reasons for the resignation of the Chief Executive of the Thames Gateway.
(174388)
203
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what plans she has to fund the Coalfields Regeneration Trust beyond April 2008.
(174650)
204
N
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the (a) date and (b) purpose has been of each visit made by the Minister for the South East to (i) Kent, (ii) Sussex, (iii) Surrey, (iv) Hampshire, (v) the Isle of Wight, (vi) Oxfordshire, (vii) Buckinghamshire and (viii) Berkshire.
(174656)
205
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, for which regulators and inspectorates her Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175314)
206
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what obligation there is on local planning authorities to levy affordable housing contributions on applications classified as a sui generis use under the Town and Country Planning (Use Classes) Order 1987 as amended.
(175062)
207
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the use of home information packs by estate agents in England since inception.
(175349)
208
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the potential use of home information packs to be made by lawyers in the conveyancing process.
(175355)
209
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions her (a) ministers and (b) officials had with the Plain English Campaign on home information packs; and whether the home information pack template was submitted to the Plain English Campaign for assessment.
(175368)
210
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the letter of 18th September from the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ref: YC/WR/025283/07), when she expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire of 19th October.
(174326)
211
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will provide additional funding to local authorities for work on the bids for unitary status from (a) Exeter City, (b) Bedford Borough, (c) Chester City and (d) Ipswich Borough Council.
(174640)
212
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when a reply will be sent to the hon. Member for Walsall North's letter of 6th November regarding a constituent.
(174583)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
213
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what plans his Department has to assess the effect on business of regulations introduced under the Gambling Act 2005.
(175195)
214
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of whether the introduction of the Gambling Act 2005 has caused migration from soft to hard forms of gambling.
(175197)
215
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how long stakeholders were given to comment on a draft of the guidance on Expedited Licence reviews under the Violent Crime Reduction Act 2006 before that guidance was finalised.
(175322)
216
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government has taken to improve safety at football stadiums since 1997.
(170303)
217
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much the Government has spent on sports facilities in Coventry since 1997.
(170305)
218
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what resources have been made available to museums in the West Midlands since 1997.
(172185)
219
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps the Government has taken to raise the profile of British film.
(172186)
220
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the reporting of treasure in England and Wales of the proposal by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council to maintain the funding for the Portable Antiquities Scheme next year at its current level; and if he will make a statement.
(175277)
221
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council's proposal not to increase the funding of the Portable Antiquities Scheme on reporting of finds; and if he will make a statement.
(175278)
222
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect on the number of jobs at the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS) of the plans of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council not to increase the PAS's funding.
(175279)
223
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the expected number of foreign tourists coming to the UK in each year until 2013; and what proportion he estimates will be directly related to the Olympics.
(174909)
224
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what he expects as the sporting legacy of the 2012 Olympics to be for Northern Ireland.
(174910)
225
Mark Durkan (Foyle): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his Department's responsibility is for ensuring the conformity of the planning application for a visitor's centre at Giant's Causeway with UNESCO's requirement for World Heritage status; what his Department's view is on whether the application is in conformity with that status; what representations his Department received on the matter (a) before and (b) after 10th September; what discussions his Department has had with (i) UNESCO and (ii) the Northern Ireland Executive on this matter; and if he will make a statement.
(174578)
226
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment the Government has made of the effect of the introduction of late licensing on the workload of accident and emergency departments.
(174827)
227
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will take steps to reduce the bulk sale of alcohol from off-licences and supermarkets to young people in town centres.
(174829)
228
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what representations his Department has received from police representatives on the effects of the Licensing Act 2003.
(174830)
229
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he plans to review the Licensing Act 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(174831)
230
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of the money available under the Big Lottery Fund Children's Play initiative has been (a) committed and (b) spent.
(175187)
231
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what criteria are used to determine whether an activity constitutes a sport; and if he will make a statement.
(174644)
232
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many letters his Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174939)
233
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174957)
234
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30th June 2004, (b) 30th June 2005 and (c) 30th June 2006.
(175334)
235
N
Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total cost has been to (a) his Department and its predecessors and (b) its agencies of (i) public enquiries, (ii) public consultations, (iii) public exhibitions, (iv) public information initiatives, (v) consultancy fees and (vi) all others costs incurred in connection with the proposed English Heritage Visitors' Centre at Stonehenge and the associated road improvement on the A303(T) since 1986.
(173998)
236
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms.
(174988)
237
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175317)
238
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will make a statement on the current position and future prospects of the UK gaming machine manufacturing sector.
(175237)
239
Julie Morgan (Cardiff North): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the Gambling Act 2005 on competition in the gambling market.
(175238)
240
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what his policy is on the maintenance and preservation of collections of historic textiles in public ownership; and if he will make a statement.
(175110)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
241
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many NATO personnel are serving in Afghanistan; and what percentage are of (a) British, (b) American and (c) other nationality.
(175012)
242
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many people in each London constituency have received the veterans' badge in each of the last three years.
(175369)
243
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Defence Suppliers' Service maintains a list of preferred suppliers.
(174783)
244
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many events organised by the Defence Manufacturers' Association have been attended by (a) him and (b) officials from his Department or Defence Equipment and Support in the last 12 months; and what the purpose was of such meetings.
(174784)
245
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidelines his Department issues to staff at (a) his Department, (b) Defence Equipment and Support staff and (c) members of the armed forces on attending events organised by the Defence Manufacturers' Association.
(174785)
246
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many lobbyists have passes giving them access to his Department's building in Whitehall; and if he will make a statement.
(174786)
247
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in what ways Defence Equipment and Support encourages competition in the supply chain in order to ensure value for money.
(174787)
248
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance is in place for (a) his officials and (b) officials at (i) the Defence Suppliers Service and (ii) Defence Equipment and Support Organisation on meetings with lobbyists employed by defence contractors.
(174788)
249
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when (a) he and (b) his officials had meetings with lobbyists representing the interests of defence contractors over the last 12 months.
(174789)
250
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what criteria have to be fulfilled for a would-be defence supplier to become a prime contractor; and how a decision on the matter is made.
(175041)
251
Mr Douglas Carswell (Harwich): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in what ways the Defence Suppliers Service encourages competition in the supply chain to ensure better value for money.
(175272)
252
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to upgrade the role of the Duke of Connaught Medical Unit in Belfast; and if he will make a statement.
(174701)
253
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the reasons were for the decision to change the abbreviated description for UK armed forces for badging and identification purposes while deployed from UK to GBR.
(174702)
254
N
Mr Jeffrey M. Donaldson (Lagan Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what arrangements are in place to facilitate co-operation with the Irish defence forces following the decision to withdraw the UK defence attaché from the British embassy in Dublin.
(174703)
255
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the costs to his Department of phantom-clocking in each year since 1997.
(175294)
256
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the joint service publications (a) JSP 383, (b) JSP 398, (c) JSP 400 and (d) JSP 448.
(175419)
257
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the joint service publications (a) JSP 463, (b) JSP 468, (c) JSP 469 and (d) JSP 471.
(175422)
258
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the joint service publications (a) JSP 350, (b) JSP 362, (c) JSP 368 and (d) JSP 381.
(175424)
259
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), for what reasons he plans to transfer £70 million from voted capital departmental expenditure limit to non-voted near cash resource departmental expenditure limit; and if he will make a statement.
(175445)
260
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total expenditure in near cash terms was in each financial year since 2000-01 as listed in his Department's resource account code hierachy.
(175446)
261
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department uses (a) civilian and (b) military personnel during the take-off and landing phase of unmanned aerial vehicles operations in Afghanistan.
(175447)
262
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) telephones and (b) computer terminals are currently available to service members for welfare use in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan.
(175448)
263
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) planned and (b) actual average flying hours for each helicopter type in the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Navy and (iii) Royal Air Force was in each month of 2007.
(175449)
264
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of his Department's Annual Road Safety Report issued since 1997-98.
(175451)
265
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether all NATO member states with forces serving in Afghanistan recognise the same international border between Afghanistan and Pakistan for military operations.
(175452)
266
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the joint service publications (a) JSP 717, (b) JSP 745, (c) JSP 745 and (d) JSP 766.
(175453)
267
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the joint service publications (a) JSP 523, (b) JSP 524, (c) JSP 532 and (d) JSP 538.
(175454)
268
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the joint service publications (a) JSP 567, (b) JSP 584, (c) JSP 70 and (d) JSP 712.
(175455)
269
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library copies of the joint service publications (a) JSP 498, (b) JSP 501, (c) JSP 510 and (d) JSP 512.
(175456)
270
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the statement by the Prime Minister of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 305, on Afghanistan, whether the 5,000 former fighters were part of the Program-Tachim-e Sol' scheme.
(175457)
271
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the statement by the Prime Minister of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 304, on Afghanistan, what capabilities Sea King helicopters would have in Afghanistan.
(175458)
272
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the statement by the Prime Minister of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 304, on Afghanistan, how many civilian helicopters his Department estimates NATO will lease for use in Afghanistan; whether the leased helicopters will operate in Regional Command South; what defensive aides suites the leased helicopters will have; when he expects the first leased helicopter to enter Afghanistan; for how long each contract will last; how much each contract will cost; and if he will make a statement.
(175459)
273
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the statement by the Prime Minister of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 304, on Afghanistan, what plans his Department has to recruit and deploy specialists who speak Afghan languages and understand tribal dynamics.
(175460)
274
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Statement by the Prime Minister of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 304, on Afghanistan, what proportion of helicopter missions by British forces are used for (a) military tasks and (b) moving routine freight in Regional Command South; and if he will make a statement.
(175463)
275
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Statement by the Prime Minister of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 304, on Afghanistan, how many of his Department's personnel serve in the collocated headquarters.
(175466)
276
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Statement by the Prime Minister of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 310, on Afghanistan, when he expects the eight Chinook helicopters to be ready for service; and whether any will be sent to Afghanistan.
(175482)
277
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Statement by the Prime Minister of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 312, on Afghanistan, if he will define the phrase, next period of time, as used with reference to the deployment of Sea King, Chinook and Merlin helicopters to Afghanistan.
(175483)
278
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what requests his Department has received from each of the principal bidders under the Defence Training Rationalisation Programme Package 2 for compensation for nugatory activity; and how much has been requested in (a) each case and (b) total.
(174641)
279
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much the Government has spent on its own legal (a) advice and (b) representation on the inquest into the service personnel killed in the Hercules crash in Iraq; what future costs have been projected; and if he will make a statement.
(175284)
280
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many letters his Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174936)
281
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174961)
282
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30th June 2004, (b) 30th June 2005 and (c) 30th June 2006.
(175341)
283
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost was of providing legal representation for (a) the families of servicemen and women killed on operations which were paid for by his Department and (b) his Department at coroners' inquests in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(174665)
284
N
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many departmental personnel on average attended coroners' inquests into the deaths of a serviceman or woman in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(174666)
285
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average pay is for serving soldiers at each rank in the armed forces.
(174661)
286
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average length of service of serving soldiers is.
(174662)
287
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average pension paid to a soldier of each rank was on retirement from the armed forces in England in 2006-07.
(174711)
288
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average age of retirement for a soldier was in the last period for which figures are available.
(174712)
289
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many helicopters of each type were deployed in Afghanistan in each month since 1st January 2002; what additional deployment of (a) Sea Kings and (b) other helicopters is planned for 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(175443)
290
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he intends to review the Defence Planning Assumptions; and if he will make a statement.
(137885)
291
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he has changed his plans in respect of the number of Type 45 destroyers to be ordered; and when a decision will be made about ships seven and eight.
(137886)
292
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will make a statement on the future of the remaining Type 22 frigates.
(137887)
293
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current status is of the order for two future aircraft carriers; and if he will make a statement.
(137888)
294
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what studies have been undertaken of deployment schedules for (a) aircraft carriers, (b) assault vessels, (c) destroyers, (d) frigates and other (e) warships and (f) auxiliary vessels with a view to keeping them tied up in port.
(137889)
295
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175306)
296
Mr Michael Moore (Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the letter he received on 29th June 2007 from the United States requesting the use of RAF Menwith Hill as part of the US Ballistic Missile Defence programme.
(175472)
297
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials have had with the Department of Health to discuss the ongoing care of armed forces veterans with C-leg limb prostheses.
(175343)
298
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether he plans to reduce leave entitlement during operational tours.
(175320)
299
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2007, Official Report, column 314W, on Territorial Army: military decorations, what guidance he has issued to regional commanders on exercising their discretion to allow members of the Territorial Army to wear medals on Combat Soldier 95 working dress at Remembrance Parades and on other ceremonial occasions.
(175429)
300
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of the Freedom of Information requests his Department has received in the last 12 months were answered with (a) the information requested, (b) a refusal and (c) a partial disclosure (i) within 20 working days and (ii) after more than 20 working days.
(175321)
301
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the merits of switching to the Defence Information Infrastructure version F computer system from the Defence Information Infrastructure version C; and if he will make a statement.
(175017)
302
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the estimated cost is of changing from Defence Information Infrastructure version F to Defence Information Infrastructure version C; and how many officials worked on making the change.
(175018)
303
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Veterans' Badges have been issued by the Veterans Agency; what estimate he has made of the number of people who are entitled to receive such badges; what plans he has for further publicity relating to the badges; and if he will make a statement.
(174325)
304
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 10th December 2007, Official Report, column 55W, on armoured fighting vehicles, what key user requirements the Cheetah vehicle did not meet; and what the key user requirements will be for future (a) protected and (b) unprotected military vehicles.
(175209)
305
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Supercat vehicle is classed as a (a) protected, (b) unprotected or (c) patrol vehicle.
(175210)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
306
Ms Diane Abbott (Hackney North & Stoke Newington): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the planned extension of Heathrow airport will contribute towards his Department's emission reduction targets; and if he will make a statement.
(174814)
307
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the cost to the agricultural industry of the nitrate vulnerable zone consultation.
(175227)
308
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what basis areas are to be selected for inclusion in the nitrate vulnerable zone designations.
(175228)
309
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether Government grants will be available to meet the costs of implementation of proposals arising from the nitrate vulnerable zone consultation, with particular reference to winter slurry storage.
(175229)
310
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment has been made of the effect of ammonia emissions into the atmosphere from the additional winter slurry storage likely to result from proposals arising from the nitrate vulnerable zone consultation.
(175230)
311
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the possible loss of habitat of overwintered stubbles as a result of proposals arising from the nitrate vulnerable zone consultation.
(175231)
312
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the (a) financial costs and (b) environmental costs of proposals arising from the nitrate vulnerable zone consultation; and what assessment he has made of the compatibility of those proposals with other schemes to establish wintered cover crops.
(175232)
313
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect of proposals arising from the nitrate vulnerable zone consultation on organic farms.
(175233)
314
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he has taken to ensure that no additional requirement over and above those in the EU directive is being made in relation to proposals arising from the nitrate vulnerable zone consultation.
(175234)
315
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps the Government has taken to improve the protection of the welfare of animals involved in sporting events.
(170304)
316
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will relax restrictions on pigeon flights arising from measures to combat avian influenza.
(175287)
317
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will consider the merits of taking steps to review the status of the Channel Islands in relation to restrictions on pigeon flights arising from measures to combat avian influenza.
(175288)
318
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many farmers did not comply with the action programme under the Nitrates Directive in each year since 1991; and how much total funding was deducted in each year from subsidy payments as a result.
(173992)
319
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the annual reduction in nitrates that will be achieved by the proposed extension of the closed period in nitrate vulnerable zones.
(173993)
320
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the average cost to dairy farmers of implementation of the proposed changes to the action programme for nitrate vulnerable zones.
(173994)
321
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the number of farmers who will be affected by his Department's proposals for a revised action programme to control pollution caused by nitrogen from agricultural sources (a) within discrete nitrate vulnerable zones and (b) across all land in (i) Ribble Valley constituency, (ii) Lancashire and (iii) England.
(173995)
322
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many responses there have been to his Department's consultation on the implementation of the Nitrates Directive in England.
(173996)
323
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the loss in income to farmers in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency as a consequence of the 2007 foot and mouth disease outbreaks.
(175363)
324
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received on the establishment of a network of marine conservation zones to protect marine wildlife; what steps he plans to take on better co-ordination of the activities of commercial (a) dredging, (b) fishing and (c) energy production; and if he will make a statement.
(174646)
325
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many letters his Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174935)
326
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174954)
327
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what budget was planned for his Department in 2007-08; how much his Department has spent in the year to date; and what the projected expenditure outturn for the year is.
(175013)
328
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30th June 2004, (b) 30th June 2005 and (c) 30th June 2006.
(175342)
329
Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when the Severn Estuary was notified to the European Commission as a candidate special area of conservation as defined under the Habitats Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(175045)
330
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what types of ear tag for cattle were shown to be most effective in the most recent survey of tags by his Department.
(174915)
331
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms.
(174989)
332
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many mushroom composting plants there are in England.
(174710)
333
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans the Rural Payments Agency has to hold a Christmas party or parties in 2007.
(175189)
334
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175308)
335
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will assess the merits of lifting the prohibitions on the use of certain rodenticides.
(175111)
336
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost has been of recent redundancies made by the Rural Payments Agency; and if he will make a statement.
(174449)
337
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what obligation there is on utility companies to observe cross-compliance regulations when entering farm land; and if he will make a statement.
(174452)
338
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on the environment of (a) incinerating waste and (b) disposing of waste through landfill; and if he will make a statement.
(174569)
339
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what mechanisms are in place to ensure that meat is not imported from countries which are experiencing problems with foot and mouth disease; and if he will make a statement.
(174709)
340
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he intends to bring forward secondary legislation under the Animal Welfare Act 2006 on keeping primates as pets.
(175010)
341
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he intends to produce codes of conduct for (a) animal quarantine premises, (b) boarding kennels and (c) catteries under the Animal Welfare Act 2006.
(175011)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
342
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many bank accounts are affected by economic sanctions on Zimbabwe.
(175154)
343
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the origin of military hardware being sold to Burma.
(174820)
344
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he received on the suspension by India of sales of military hardware to Burma following the recent suppression of pro-democracy protests in Burma.
(174825)
345
N
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Indian ministers on sales of military hardware to Burma.
(174826)
346
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what decisions were reached at the EU-Africa summit on the deployment of the joint AU-UN force to Darfur; which African countries have offered to contribute troops to the force; what the African Union's position is on whether non-African troops are required to provide an effective peacekeeping force; and if he will make a statement.
(174894)
347
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether at the recent EU-Africa summit the African Union proposed the EU end all sanctions against Zimbabwe as a condition for signing new trade deals; and if he will make a statement.
(174895)
348
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps (a) his Department and (b) the European Union are taking to implement the recommendations of the European Union and Commonwealth Election Observers in Uganda; and if he will make a statement.
(174896)
349
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether discussions were held at the EU-Africa summit on the willingness of African countries to send troops to Somalia as agreed under UN Security Council Resolution 1744 of February 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(174897)
350
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the United Kingdom recognises the 1893 Durand Line as the international border between Afghanistan and Pakistan; and if he will make a statement.
(175450)
351
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Statement by the Prime Minister of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 304, on Afghanistan, what plans his Department has to recruit and deploy specialists who speak Afghan languages and understand tribal dynamics.
(175461)
352
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Statement by the Prime Minister of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 304, on Afghanistan, how many of his Department's personnel serve in the collocated headquarters.
(175465)
353
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Statement by the Prime Minister of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 305, on Afghanistan, if he will make a statement on the national solidarity programme in Afghanistan.
(175481)
354
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the working holidaymaker scheme is available to applicants from Bangladesh.
(175375)
355
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what requirements for medical screening are being applied to visa applicants from Bangladesh.
(175402)
356
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has received from (a) charities and (b) others on the effects of changes to visa arrangements and charges on numbers of children able to visit the UK from the Chernobyl-affected parts of Belarus.
(174576)
357
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether plans have been developed for future closures of (a) embassies, (b) consulates and (c) British High Commissions in the financial years (i) 2008-09, (ii) 2009-10 and (iii) 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.
(174792)
358
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what changes have been made in the geographic distribution of British diplomatic posts overseas in the last 10 years; what policy objectives these changes reflect; and if he will make a statement.
(174793)
359
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans there are for the UK to be associated with 26th November US/Iraq Declaration of Principles for a Long-Term Relationship of Cooperation and Friendship; whether discussions have been held with US and Iraqi counterparts on this matter; and if he will make a statement.
(174794)
360
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10th December 2007, Official Report, column 159W, on embassies, which countries no longer have a resident British Ambassador, Consul General or High Commissioner.
(174843)
361
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 10th December 2007, Official Report, column 159W, on embassies, what arrangements are in place to provide alternative consular services in the case of each of the embassies, high commissions and consulates closed since May 1997.
(174844)
362
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, with reference to the Answer of 19th October 2007, Official Report, columns 1375-6W, on Chernobyl: children, at what level in Belarus the UK Government application was made; and how that refusal was conveyed.
(174643)
363
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the political situation in West Papua, with particular reference to (a) human rights, (b) press freedom and (c) the independence of the judiciary there.
(175377)
364
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Indonesian government on the seven West Papuans arrested for raising the Morning Star flag in the Catholic church compound at Kwamki Baru village, Timika, West Papua on 1st December; and if he will make a statement.
(175378)
365
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many letters his Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174947)
366
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174969)
367
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of levels of observance of human rights of disabled people in Serbia; and if he will make a statement.
(175015)
368
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30th June 2004, (b) 30th June 2005 and (c) 30th June 2006.
(175336)
369
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on Eurostar tickets to Brussels in each of the last 11 years; and how many first class Eurostar tickets to Brussels his Department purchased in each of the last 11 years.
(175436)
370
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on (a) travel to and (b) accommodation and hotels in Brussels in each of the last 11 years.
(175437)
371
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department spent on (a) polling in the UK on EU-related issues and (b) publications and advertising relating to the EU in each of the last 11 years.
(175438)
372
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much of the European Refugee Fund was spent in each member state in each year since 2000; and on what types of projects.
(175439)
373
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 6th December 2007, Official Report, column 1433W, on Iraq: resettlement, and with reference to the Statements of 9th October 2007, Official Report, column 27WS, and 30th October 2007, Official Report, column 30WS, if he will make it his policy to allow local staff in Iraq who meet all criteria except completion of more than 12 months continuous service to apply for assistance; and if he will consider their eligibility on a case-by-case basis.
(175150)
374
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175302)
375
N
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Pakistan on the two recently-detained Baluchi nationalists; and if he will make a statement.
(174584)
376
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to the Russian government against the closure of British Council offices in Russia.
(175476)
377
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the political situation in Pakistan.
(175141)
378
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to his Answer of 11th December 2007, Official Report, column 188, on the European Gendarmerie Force (EGF), under what circumstances the Government would give its consent to an EGF operation being held in the UK.
(174590)
379
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons the UK did not sign the Treaty of Velsen concluded on 18th October; what discussions he held with other EU Member States on the UK's participation in a European Gendarmerie Force; what representations he received on the matter before reaching a decision; and if he will make a statement.
(174591)
380
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to raise at the European Council with colleagues from member states contributing to the European Gendarmerie Force the prospects for its future deployment; and if he will make a statement.
(174807)
381
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will raise with colleagues at the European Council the conditions that will be applied to any use of the European Gendarmerie Force if placed at the disposal of the European Union, in relation to its (a) uniforms and emblems, (b) recruitment, (c) training and (d) weaponry; and if he will make a statement.
(174808)
382
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make representations to those governments contributing to the European Gendarmerie Force that it should not be deployed on the territory of another member state of the European Union.
(174809)
383
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with EU counterparts on the human rights of Falun Gong followers in China; and if he will make a statement.
(174168)
384
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Chinese government on the human rights of Falun Gong followers in China; and if he will make a statement.
(174170)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
385
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of prescription items were dispensed free of charge in the last 12 month period for which figures are available.
(174795)
386
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of the 18 to 60 year old population is not required to pay prescription charges.
(174796)
387
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people received a penalty charge for fraudulently claiming free prescriptions in the most recent year for which figures are available; and what the average charge imposed was.
(174797)
388
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the levels of awareness of the NHS Low Income Scheme amongst people likely to be entitled to such help.
(174798)
389
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients have applied to pay for a prepayment prescription certificate by direct debit since this payment method was introduced in July 2007.
(174799)
390
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the percentage of patients who have applied for a prepayment prescription certificate (PPC) who are first-time PPC purchasers.
(174800)
391
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of medication errors made in hospitals at each stage of the medication process in (a) accident and emergency departments and (b) other settings in hospital in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(175411)
392
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of patients harmed by medication error in hospital in each of the last five years.
(175412)
393
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of patients who died as a result of medication error in hospital in each of the last five years.
(175413)
394
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has made to reduce the rate of medication error in hospitals; and if he will make a statement.
(175414)
395
Mr Kevin Barron (Rother Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the rate of medication error in hospitals at each stage of the medication process; and if he will make a statement.
(175415)
396
John Battle (Leeds West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many under 18 year olds were admitted to adult mental health wards in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(174759)
397
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision the NHS makes for treatment of problem gamblers.
(175196)
398
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the abolition of patient registration on (a) access to NHS dental services and (b) continuity of dental care.
[R] (174211)
399
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the information provided by the adult dental health survey in assessing dental health.
[R] (174212)
400
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dentists in each deanery received funding under the National Co-ordinating Centre for Research Capacity Development's Walport scheme for (a) academic clinical fellowships and (b) academic clinical lectureships in each year since the scheme's inception; and what the figures represented as a proportion of the total number of clinicians that have received funding.
[R] (174213)
401
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how his Department defines access to NHS dental services.
[R] (174214)
402
N
Sir Paul Beresford (Mole Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what indicators his Department recommends primary care trusts use, in addition to units of dental activity, to assess (a) levels of (i) access, (ii) oral health and (iii) quality of service and (b) the patient experience provided.
[R] (174215)
403
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people detained under the Mental Health Act have died in NHS mental health accommodation from (a) natural and (b) non-natural causes in each of the last five years.
(173876)
404
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to improve the NHS complaints procedure since 1997.
(172938)
405
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to raise awareness among young people of the harmful effects of cannabis on health.
(174571)
406
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to raise public awareness of the harmful effects of binge drinking.
(174572)
407
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many children were diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy types (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 in each year since 2005.
(175291)
408
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much the Government is spending on research into (a) neuromuscular diseases and (b) spinal muscular atrophy in 2007-08.
(175292)
409
Mr Brian H. Donohoe (Central Ayrshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that electrically powered indoor and outdoor wheelchairs are made available to children with spinal muscular atrophy on the basis of clinical need.
(175293)
410
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to ensure NHS provision of wigs for those people with cancer who have opted for private chemotherapy and whose treatment does not include such provision.
(175282)
411
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) maximum, (b) minimum and (c) average response time by ambulance crews to emergency call-outs in (a) Ribble Valley constituency and (b) Lancashire was in each of the last 60 months.
(175084)
412
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's plans are for the future (a) numbers and (b) mix of (i) solo responder (ii) double crew and (iii) other ambulance crews in the North West Strategic Health Authority area.
(175085)
413
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many ambulance crews have been operated by ambulance trusts within the North West Strategic Health Authority area in each of the last 10 years.
(175086)
414
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of providing (a) solo responder, (b) double crew and (c) other ambulance services in each of the ambulance trusts within the North West Strategic Health Authority area in each of the last 10 years.
(175087)
415
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) solo responder, (b) double crew and (c) other ambulance services have been operated by ambulance trusts within the North West Strategic Health Authority area in each of the last 10 years.
(175088)
416
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the allocation of the social care reform grant will be to each local authority for each of the next three years.
(174691)
417
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he has taken to increase public awareness of the body mass index as an indicator of health; and if he will make a statement.
(174723)
418
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what stockpiles of medicines have been available in each of the last three years for use in an influenza epidemic.
(174724)
419
Sandra Gidley (Romsey): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of parents who will access the online height-weight calculator being developed by his Department.
(174749)
420
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will initiate research on the number of Hampshire residents who have to travel (a) up to five miles, (b) between five and 10 miles and (c) over 10 miles in order to gain access to an NHS dentist; and if he will make a statement.
(174645)
421
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to support the application by the College of Chiropractors to the Privy Council for a Royal Charter.
(175203)
422
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to his Answer of 11th December 2007, Official Report, columns 493-4W, on ambulance services: Hampshire, how he monitors ambulance trusts' performance against response time targets; and if he will make a statement.
(175409)
423
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were treated for varicose veins by (a) vein stripping open surgery, (b) endovenous laser treatment, (c) radiofrequency ablation, (d) foam sclerotherapy and (e) using a vascular closure device in the NHS in each of the last five years, broken down by strategic health authority area.
(174636)
424
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of catheter-related bloodstream infections occurred in the NHS in each of the past five years, broken down by strategic health authority area.
(174638)
425
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many letters his Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174934)
426
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174952)
427
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30th June 2004, (b) 30th June 2005 and (c) 30th June 2006.
(175337)
428
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with his Ministerial colleagues on the promotion of physical activity to older people; and whether his Department is taking the lead on promotion of physical activity to older people.
(175442)
429
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many babies were born in NHS hospitals in England in each month since 1997, broken down by (a) gestation period in which they were born and (b) birth weight.
(175247)
430
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished consultant episodes were provided in specialist neo-natal units in England in each month since January 1997.
(175248)
431
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much his Department has spent on (a) the procurement process and (b) compensation payments for the nationally procured clinical assessment and treatment service in Cumbria and Lancashire to date; from which budget it was planned to meet further such expenditure; which budget will fund the locally procured service; and what further budget adjustments will be made as a consequence of the change from a nationally to a locally procured service.
(175374)
432
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 1323W, on Peterborough district hospital: cleaning services, whether additional funds will be made available to (a) strategic health authorities and (b) acute trusts, to facilitate deep cleans of hospitals; and if he will make a statement.
(174386)
433
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many midwives should be employed at Milton Keynes hospital to deal with the number of births there each year.
(174579)
434
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total cost to the public purse is of the Catch it, Bin it, Kill it campaign, announced by his Department on 28th November; and if he will make a statement.
(174676)
435
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to launch his Department's national communications campaign to raise awareness of alcohol, as described in paragraph 2.36 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy; and for how many years he anticipates the national communications campaign will run.
(174680)
436
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cases of melanoma have been reported in each primary care trust area in each year since 1997.
(174681)
437
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department initiated the SunSmart campaign; how much funding his Department has committed to the SunSmart campaign in each year since its launch; what anticipated expenditure on the SunSmart campaign is in each year until 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.
(174682)
438
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis is for the statement in Box 6 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy, that the SunSmart campaign has (a) increased knowledge of the causes of skin cancer, (b) increased awareness of actions that can be taken to prevent skin cancer and (c) positively influenced behaviour change among defined target groups; and what the defined target groups are.
(174694)
439
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he has identified triggers at which point the use of antivirals in the event of an influenza pandemic becomes so great that the introduction of clinical prioritisation will be necessary.
(174695)
440
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what means he has established to allow for the (a) assessment of the clinical attack rate of the first wave of a pandemic, (b) monitoring of the pandemic virus for genetic mutations which may affect the degree of protection and (c) monitoring of the pandemic virus for antiviral susceptibility, in between waves of a pandemic, as recommended on page 71 of his Department's National Framework for responding to an influenza pandemic, published on 22nd November; and if he will make a statement.
(174696)
441
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Statement of 22nd November 2007, Official Report, column 1352, on pandemic influenza, when he intends to place orders fo additional (a) antivirals and (b) antibiotics; and when he expects to have procured the intended numbers of each.
(174748)
442
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the statement of 22nd November 2007, Official Report, column 1352, on pandemic influenza, for what reasons the Government plans to stockpile 14.7 million treatment courses of antibiotics.
(174760)
443
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the statement of 22nd November 2006, Official Report, column 1350, on pandemic influenza, for what reasons the stockpiles of (a) antibiotics, (b) pre-pandemic vaccines and (c) antivirals announced in his Statement differ to the sizes of stockpiles recommended by his Department's Pandemic Influenza Scientific Advisory Group in its Subgroup on modelling: modelling summary published in November 2007.
(174761)
444
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to publish his Department's strategy for tackling obesity; which (a) Government departments, (b) Government agencies, (c) other organisations and (d) other interested parties are involved in its development; and if he will make a statement.
(174766)
445
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis is for the statement on page 37 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy, that some primary care trusts have enabled pharmacists to supply nicotine replacement therapy through (a) voucher schemes and (b) patient group directions; and if he will list the primary care trusts which have done so.
(174767)
446
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to extend the four-week follow-up period used to assess the effectiveness of NHS Stop Smoking services.
(174770)
447
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department intends to issue guidance on the duty for primary care trusts and local authorities to undertake a joint strategic needs assessment.
(174771)
448
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what national measures are used to assess cancer services through peer review, as stated in paragraph 1.26 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy.
(174772)
449
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the total overall funding allocation to primary care trusts was in each year since 2002-03; and what proportion of the total NHS budget this represented in each year.
(174773)
450
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis was for the statement in paragraph 1.9 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy, that England has the highest national per capita rate of cancer trial participation in the world; and if he will make a statement.
(174774)
451
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what cancer networks there are in England; and, for each, what their constituent primary care trusts are.
(174775)
452
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) computerised tomography scanners, (b) magnetic resonance imaging scanners, (c) linear accelerators and (d) positron emission tomography scanners have been available for use in the NHS in each year since 2000.
(174776)
453
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of patients received their first treatment for cancer within one month of diagnosis in the latest period for which figures are available, calculated using (a) Korner and (b) Hospital Episodes Statistics data.
(174777)
454
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, further to the statement in paragraph 1.4 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy on the fall in cancer mortality in under 75s between 1996 and 2005, what the drop in cancer mortality in people under 75 years was in the equivalent period before 1996; and how many lives were saved by the reduction in cancer mortality over this period.
(174778)
455
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) mean and (b) median (i) inpatient and (ii) outpatient waiting times were in each year from 1993-94 to 2006-07, as given by (A) Korner and (B) Hospital Episodes Statistics data.
(174779)
456
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of patients on outpatient waiting lists were seen within 13 weeks in each year since 1990-91 until 2006-07, as given by (a) Korner and (b) the Hospital Episodes Statistics data.
(174780)
457
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of patients on inpatient waiting lists were seen within six months in each year from 1990-91 until 2006-07, as given by (a) the Hospital Episodes Statistics database and (b) Korner data.
(174781)
458
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what net NHS expenditure was on (a) the unintended consequences of treatment, (b) health care arising from violent incidents, (c) coronary heart disease, (d) diabetes and (e) cerebrovascular disease (i) for England and (ii) in each primary care trust area, expressed (A) as a total, (B) as a percentage of total net NHS expenditure and (C) per head of population in the same format as that provided in table 8b of his Department's memorandum to the Health Select Committee on Public Expenditure on Health and Personal Social Services 2006, HC(2006-07)-26-i
(174881)
459
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the funding contribution of his Department as part of the consortium funding the infrastructure support for the five Public Health Research Centres of Excellence was as described in paragraph 2.59 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy; and what the other (a) organisations and (b) individuals contributing funds to the consortium were.
(174886)
460
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what new equipment for genetic testing is coming on stream, as described in paragraph 2.41 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy, published on 3rd December 2007; and how many tests for cancer genes have been carried out in each of the last four years.
(174887)
461
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where the seven pilot sites were established to develop new services for assessing genetic risk, as described in paragraph 2.50 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy; and when he expects the evaluation of the pilot sites being undertaken by the University of Nottingham to be published.
(174888)
462
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department will begin gathering information on the (a) number and distribution of sunbeds and (b) the scale of sunbed use by minors, as described in paragraph 2.43 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy; what options his Department is considering for the regulation of the sunbed industry; and if he will make a statement.
(174889)
463
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who he intends will develop the targeted information and advice for people who drink at harmful levels, as described in paragraph 2.36 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy.
(174890)
464
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what role he proposes for NHS walk-in centres in the event of an influenza pandemic.
(175025)
465
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) organisation and (b) individuals his Department is consulting to (i) develop a suitable algorithm and (ii) produce model protocols/guidelines to allow the supply of oseltamivir during an influenza pandemic, as stated on page 102 of his Department's National Framework for responding to an influenza pandemic; when he intends the (A) algorithm and (B) model protocols/guidelines to have been finalised; and if he will make a statement.
(175026)
466
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he intends the National Flu Line service, as described in his Department's National Framework for responding to an influenza pandemic, to be delivered through NHS Direct.
(175027)
467
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when his Department expects national working groups to be established under the NHS Next Stage Review, as described on page 2 of Lord Darzi's letter to stakeholders, dated 20th November 2007.
(175028)
468
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which (a) organisations and (b) individuals his Department intends to consult on the possibility of introducing a new three-digit number for urgent care services, as stated in his Department's NHS next stage review interim report, Our NHS, Our Future.
(175029)
469
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the full implementation of the Summary Care Record is expected to take place; and if he will make a statement.
(175030)
470
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how the NHS Next Stage Review will take forward the exploration of the possibility of introducing a single three-digit number for urgent care services, as described on page four of his Department's document Urgent care update: Key areas highlighted by the Direction of Travel consultation and other work.
(175031)
471
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the Information Centre for Health and Social Care to commence development of a dataset for urgent and emergency care, as described on page four of his Department's document Urgent care update: Key areas highlighted by the Direction of Travel consultation and other work; and which (a) organisations and (b) individuals he expects the Information Centre to consult on the matter.
(175032)
472
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether a new three-digit number for urgent care services, as referred in his Department's NHS next stage review interim report, Our NHS, Our Future, will be delivered through NHS Direct.
(175033)
473
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis is for his statement that pandemic influenza plans are in place in most key sectors, as stated in paragraph 4.11.2 of his Department's National Framework for responding to an influenza pandemic.
(175034)
474
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis is for his statement on page 32 of his Department's National Framework for responding to an influenza pandemic, that fuel supplies are expected to be maintained in the event of an influenza pandemic.
(175035)
475
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis is for his statement on page 33 of his Department's National Framework for responding to an influenza pandemic, that near-normal service levels are expected in the food and supplies industries in the event of an influenza pandemic.
(175036)
476
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished consultant episodes relating to alcohol there were in each strategic health authority area in England for (a) patients aged under 18 years and (b) patients aged 18 years and over in each year from 1997-98 to 2006-07; and how many admissions to hospitals via accident and emergency departments in each strategic health authority area had an alcohol-related diagnosis for (i) those aged 18 years and over and (ii) those aged under 18 years in each of those years.
(175037)
477
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished consultant episodes relating to obesity there were for (a) patients aged under 18 years and (b) patients aged over 18 years in (i) England and (ii) each strategic health authority area in each year from 1997-98 to 2006-07.
(175038)
478
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent representations he has received from (a) the NHS, (b) manufacturers of pharmaceuticals and (c) other interested parties on the suitability of the regulatory system in the UK for conducting Phase III clinical trials; what the content of those representations was; and if he will make a statement.
(175089)
479
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to stockpile (a) anti-inflammatory drugs and (b) immunomodulatory statins for use in the event of an influenza pandemic.
(175092)
480
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the Government intends to consult on proposals for the clinical prioritisation of antivirals in the event of the stockpile of antivirals becoming depleted, as stated on page 38 of his Department's National Framework for responding to an influenza pandemic.
(175093)
481
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to develop a kitemark for good cancer facilities, as described in paragraph 11.8 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy.
(175094)
482
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis is for the statement that a high efficacy vaccine given to 75 per cent. of the population will eliminate further pandemic waves, as stated in paragraph 7.41 of the Cabinet Office's document Overarching Government strategy to respond to pandemic influenza: analysis of the scientific evidence base.
(175095)
483
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis is for the statement in paragraph 10.8 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy, that there is significant variation in cancer drugs approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) between cancer networks; what the levels of expenditure on NICE-approved cancer drugs by each cancer network is; and if he will make a statement.
(175096)
484
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the likely number of cases of cancer in each of the next 10 years.
(175097)
485
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the support and development framework for primary care trusts, supporting his Department's proposals for world class commissioning, to be made available.
(175098)
486
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in which cancer networks three-year planning for implementing Improving Outcomes Guidance was found to be weak, as described in paragraph 9.29 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strtegy.
(175099)
487
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the study referred to in paragraph 7.28 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy on cancer treatments in the United Kingdom and the United States.
(175100)
488
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what matters were covered in the 2007-08 baseline review of end-of-life care services, as described in paragraph 7.51 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy; how many primary care trusts conducted the review; whether his Department has the results of the review; and if he will make a statement.
(175101)
489
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many emergency inpatient admissions for cancer there were in each year since 1997-98; what proportion of these were emergency readmissions in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(175102)
490
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) elective and (b) emergency bed occupancy rates for cancer patients in the NHS as described in figure 13 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy were (i) for all cancers in total and (ii) for each cancer type in each year since 1997.
(175103)
491
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the analysis referred to in paragraph 7.22 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy on projected cancer inpatient costs.
(175104)
492
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist diagnostic units, referred to in paragraph 7.14 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy, there are; where they are situated; and if he will make a statement.
(175105)
493
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) endoscopies, (b) non-obstetric ultrasound tests, (c) computerised tomography scans and (d) magnetic resonance imaging scans took place in the NHS in each year since 1997-98.
(175106)
494
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects the UK National Screening Committee to publish its equality review of national screening programmes.
(175107)
495
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects cancer networks to agree local cancer mortality reduction targets for 2012, as described in pargaraph 6.9 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy; what definition of cancer mortality he intends to use; how achievement against cancer mortality targets will be assessed; whether each local cancer mortality reduction target will be published; and if he will make a statement.
(175108)
496
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of eligible women (a) in total and (b) in each ethnic group took part in the NHS Breast Cancer Screening Programme in each year since 1997.
(175112)
497
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what date his Department initiated its review of customer experience information, as described in paragraph 5.73 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy; what the cost to the public purse has been of his Department's review of customer experience information; and if he will make a statement.
(175113)
498
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects to complete the design of the technical specifications for the NHS Cancer Patient Experience Survey Programme, as described in paragraph 5.73 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy; when he expects the national contract to run the cancer patient experience surveys to be let; and when he expects the first survey to be published.
(175114)
499
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of multi-disciplinary cancer teams dealing with each type of cancer do not have clinical nurse specialist cover, as described in paragraph 5.43 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(175115)
500
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which cancer networks do not have information managers in post.
(175116)
501
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where the pilots on communication skills for effective face-to-face communication for children and young people, referred to in paragraph 5.14 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy, have been undertaken; and when he expects the course based on the national model to be developed.
(175117)
502
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding has been committed to the national programme for advanced communication skills training for senior healthcare professionals, as described in paragraph 5.11 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy, in each year since 2003; and how many senior healthcare professionals have taken part in the national programme in each of those years.
(175118)
503
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Cancer Director intends to conduct an evaluation of usage of cancer drugs approved by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, as stated in paragraph 4.51 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy, in the years after 2008.
(175119)
504
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends the full national implementation of information prescriptions to take place.
(175120)
505
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he intends to issue national guidance to clinicians to assist them in discussing with their patients drugs which are not available on the NHS, as described in paragraph 4.50 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy.
(175121)
506
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the (a) pre-market launch and (b) post-market launch medicines are on which the National Prescribing Centre provides evaluated information; and which condition each treats.
(175122)
507
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy that primary care trusts should publish their individual criteria for determining which patients should access treatments for cancer drugs in those cases where guidance on the use of the drug has not been issued by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence.
(175123)
508
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, from which countries he intends proton therapy for suitable cancers to be commissioned as described on page 61 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy; and what the expected budget for this is in 2008-09.
(175124)
509
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, in which areas of the country additional radiotherapy equipment will be needed as stated in paragraph 4.27 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy.
(175125)
510
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to monitor the proposed extension of the 31-day waiting time standard to cover all cancer treatments as described in his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy.
(175126)
511
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, where the pilots undertaken by the Cancer Services Collaborative referred to in paragraph 4.7 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy were undertaken; what new approach to implementing cancer waiting time reductions was investigated in each pilot; whether the pilots have been formally evaluated; and if he will make a statement.
(175127)
512
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which areas will not be able to meet the December 2008 deadline for extending the 31-day standard to radiotherapy treatment as described in paragraph 4.8 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy.
(175128)
513
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to establish the national audit in primary care of all patients diagnosed with cancer as described in paragraph 3.61 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy.
(175129)
514
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) missed diagnoses of cancer, (b) radiotherapy errors and (c) chemotherapy errors were reported to the National Patient Safety Agency in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(175130)
515
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the evidential basis is for the statement in paragraph 3.52 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy that adopting a health-related social marketing campaign is (a) improving people's health and (b) reducing inequalities.
(175131)
516
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how frequently the surveys of cancer symptom awareness, referred to in paragraph 3.47 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy, will be conducted.
(175132)
517
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a copy of the commissioning brief issued by the National Institute for Health Research Health Technology Assessment programme, referred to in paragraph 3.36 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy.
(175133)
518
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his latest estimate is of the number of interval breast cancers in each year since 1997; and what plans he has to reduce the round length of breast cancer screening.
(175134)
519
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the expected expenditure is on the NHS Cancer Screening Programme's press offices public relations strategy, referred to in paragraph 3.17 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(175135)
520
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of eligible women were seen within the 36-month standard for breast cancer screenings (a) in England and (b) in each breast screening unit in the latest period for which figures are available.
(175136)
521
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which sites will begin human papilloma virus testing as triage, as referred to in paragraph 3.15 of his Department's Cancer Reform Strategy; and if he will make a statement.
(175137)
522
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of women participated in the cervical screening programme (a) in total and (b) in the 25 to 33 age group in each year since 1997.
(175138)
523
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent assessment he has made of the proportion of cancer patients who are not given any financial support information in the course of their treatment.
(175139)
524
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, who the members are of his Department's Cancer Action Team.
(175140)
525
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many finished consultant episodes resulting from the misuse of cannabis there were for (a) patients aged under 18 years and (b) patients aged over 18 years in (i) England and (ii) each strategic health authority area in each year from 1997-98 to 2006-07.
(175143)
526
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans the Government has to procure a central stockpile of (a) aprons and (b) gloves for use by health and social care staff in the event of an influenza pandemic.
(175271)
527
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effects on patients of recent changes to the access that patients have to home-delivery of cancer-care equipment.
(174901)
528
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms.
(174997)
529
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will respond to the letter from the hon. Member for East Worthing and Shoreham of 17th July to the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Care Services requesting a meeting to discuss the charging regime for multiple sclerosis treatment centres.
(175219)
530
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects more rapid treatment to be available to those living in North Yorkshire for age-related macular degeneration.
(175246)
531
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision there is for treatment for wet macular degeneration in North Yorkshire.
(175376)
532
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many health partnerships there are which are (a) based in miners welfares and (b) include miners welfares.
(174652)
533
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the role of miners' welfares in combating diseases, with particular reference to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
(174653)
534
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of industrial disease prevalence in determining resource allocation in the NHS.
(174655)
535
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in (a) Bassetlaw and (b) England; and what proportion of these worked in heavy industry such as mining.
(174669)
536
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many deaths there were as a result of (a) chronic bronchitis and (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in the last year for which figures are available.
(174677)
537
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist consultants in the NHS there are who treat patients with (a) chronic bronchitis and (b) chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
(174678)
538
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of regional variations in the prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
(174679)
539
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that the issuing of final guidance by the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) on the two anti-TNF treatments for ankylosing spondylitis is not affected by appeals relating to the anti-TNF treatment rejected by NICE.
(175155)
540
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175307)
541
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what provision is made for the continuing care of armed forces veterans with C-leg limb prostheses.
(175344)
542
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the consistency of ongoing limb prosthetic services available to veterans on the NHS.
(175345)
543
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what rating is used when assessing (a) the creditworthiness of organisations receiving (i) public dividend capital and (ii) loans and (b) the risk of default by organisations on the repayment of (i) public dividend capital and (ii) loans; and pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2007, to the hon. Member for South Cambridgeshire, Official Report, column 1320W, on NHS finance, what rating is applied to each (A) organisation, (B) public dividend capital sum and (C) loan.
(174389)
544
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the economic implications of the Health in Pregnancy Grant; if he will publish research (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated by his Department on the grant; what the approval process with HM Treasury was in relation to the grant; and if he will make a statement.
(174521)
545
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he intends to write off the debt of trusts in the financially challenged trust regime.
(174834)
546
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what dates since January 2007 the Information Centre for Health and Social Care has had discussions with the Prescription Pricing Division of the NHS Business Services Authority; and what the content was of such discussions.
(174835)
547
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what dates in the last 12 months the Information Centre for Health and Social Care has physically transported data which contain personally-identifiable information; and what guidance the Information Centre for Health and Social Care has issued to its staff on how personally-identifiable information should be transported.
(174836)
548
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, on what dates in the last 12 months the NHS Business Services Authority has physically transported data which contain personally-identifiable information; and what guidance the NHS Business Services Authority has issued to its staff on how personally-identifiable information should be transported.
(174837)
549
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd December 2007, Official Report, column 1013W, on prescriptions, what operational issues were discussed.
(175051)
550
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what effect the resignation of Mr Richard Granger had on the renegotiation of the Department's Connecting for Health contract with BT.
(175348)
551
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 6th July 2007, Official Report, column 656W, on hospitals: costs, which buildings procured under the private finance initiative his Department's Private Finance Unit has assessed as not representing better value for money overall when compared with the public sector; and if he will make a statement.
(175350)
552
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the assessment of the availability of access to (a) anti-TNF medicines and (b) other biologic therapies for patients with rheumatoid arthritis; whether any overall assessment has been made of (i) access to and (ii) efficiency of rheumatoid arthritis medicines and therapies; and if he will make a statement.
(175351)
553
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department received from HM Treasury in respect of (a) the planning and (b) the delivery of each project undertaken under the private finance initiative.
(175352)
554
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has for the future of the carer's allowance.
(175354)
555
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS buildings constructed under the private finance initiative his Department's Private Finance Unit assessed as not fitting (a) the departmental vision, (b) the needs of the NHS and (c) the needs of patients and the public.
(175356)
556
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of food labelling schemes; and if he will make a statement.
(174450)
557
N
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of a product must be made in the UK for it to carry a Made in Britain label; and if he will make a statement.
(174451)
558
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funding he has made available for research into tinnitus; and if he will make a statement.
(174699)
559
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance is issued to GPs on treating people with tinnitus; and if he will make a statement.
(174700)
560
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of Human Givens as a form of psychotherapy; whether Human Givens treatment may be provided by the NHS; and what clinical trials of the effectiveness of Human Givens his Department plans to consider.
(174647)
561
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist genetic counsellors there were in each primary care trust in each of the last three years.
(175159)
562
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dedicated beds were available for mental health patients in Suffolk in each year since 1997.
(175235)
563
Mr Richard Spring (West Suffolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many individuals in senior administrative roles in all NHS bodies in the East of England were paid (a) over £100,000 and (b) over £150,000 in (i) 1997 and (ii) 2007.
(175273)
564
Ian Stewart (Eccles): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to fund Developing Patient Partnerships beyond April 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(174855)
565
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many neo-natal unit nurses there are in hospitals in the West Midlands.
(175440)
566
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the numbers of orthodontists available to the acute health sector in England; and if he will make a statement.
(175160)
567
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in negotiations on the proposed EU Directive on Cross-Border Health Care; and if he will make a statement.
(175240)
568
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people aged over 65 years with hip injuries were discharged from hospital to a nursing home in each year since 1997.
(175058)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
569
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the number of illegal migrants working in the UK.
(175216)
570
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times the Metropolitan Police accessed the motor insurance database in each of the last two years; and if she will make a statement.
(175361)
571
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many asylum cases the Case Resolution Directorate is dealing with; how many of these have been brought by residents of London constituencies, broken down by constituency; and if she will make a statement.
(175362)
572
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many vehicles in the Metropolitan Police area were impounded following reference to the motor insurance database in each of the last two years; and if she will make a statement.
(175372)
573
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will lower the age of eligibility for free passports to 65 years.
(174596)
574
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been prosecuted for destroying their identity documents on arrival at a UK airport in each of the last five years.
(175176)
575
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) companies and (b) individuals have been successfully prosecuted for employing illegal immigrants.
(175177)
576
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many times Ministers have given stop and search authorisation under section 44 of the Terrorism Act 2000.
(175239)
577
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answers of 10th October 2007, Official Report, column 83W, on the European Extradition Warrant, if she will take steps to establish and maintain a record of those British nationals extradited to EU member states under a European Extradition Warrant who are subsequently found guilty; and if she will make a statement.
(174165)
578
N
Frank Dobson (Holborn & St Pancras): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether any companies providing security services to Government departments have been prosecuted for employing people not entitled to be employed in this country.
(175021)
579
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent assessment has been made of the accuracy and consistency of the LTI 20-20 speed camera system.
(174577)
580
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the compatibility of the proposals in the consultation paper Marriage to Partners from Overseas with the European Convention on Human Rights.
(174751)
581
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which carriers provide both travel document information and passenger name record data under Project Semaphore.
(174753)
582
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the likely effect of the most recent extension of the Schengen area on the number of people attempting to enter the UK illegally; and if she will make a statement.
(174754)
583
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the effectiveness of the UK's implementation of the provisions of EU Directive 2004/38/EC, with particular reference to the charging of fees to those applying for spousal visas from outside the EU by UK Visas; and if she will make a statement.
(174635)
584
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many letters her Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174933)
585
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff work in her Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174965)
586
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) police sergeants, (b) special constables and (c) traffic police officers were employed in (i) Jarrow constituency, (ii) South Tyneside, (iii) the North East and (iv) England in each year since 1997.
(174750)
587
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how much has been spent on policing in (a) South Tyneside, (b) the North East and (c) England in each year since 1997.
(174755)
588
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police community support officers were employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since they were introduced.
(174756)
589
Mr Stephen Hepburn (Jarrow): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were employed in (a) Jarrow constituency, (b) South Tyneside, (c) the North East and (d) England in each year since 1997.
(175050)
590
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many foreign national prisoners serving sentences have been notified that they are not at risk of deportation; and of those how many remain at risk of removal.
(174903)
591
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will answer Questions 164855, 164765, 164967 and 164968 on the cost of the identity card and biometric passport scheme, tabled by the hon. Member for Fareham on 12th November 2007.
(174763)
592
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of redundancies in her Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30th June 2004, (b) 30th June 2005 and (c) 30th June 2006.
(175323)
593
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average pay for a police constable in England including all allowances is in 2007-08.
(174716)
594
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average pay is for all grades of police officer in England.
(174717)
595
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average length of service is of serving police officers in England.
(174718)
596
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average age of retirement was for police officers in England retiring in the last 12 months; and what average pension is being paid to those officers.
(174719)
597
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders were issued in (a) the City of Sunderland and (b) the North East in each year since 2001.
(175220)
598
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the likely effect of an influenza pandemic on the operational capacity of the police service.
(175142)
599
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what information is collected by the police on the number of road accidents (a) caused by and (b) involving non-UK citizens; and if she will make a statement.
(175255)
600
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if she will break down her Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms.
(174992)
601
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans the Assets Recovery Agency has to hold a Christmas party or parties in 2007.
(175190)
602
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for which regulators and inspectorates her Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175304)
603
Jessica Morden (Newport East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has for future funding to police authorities to update CCTV schemes.
(175295)
604
N
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what criteria she uses to decide whether national or regional liberation movements should be proscribed organisations under terrorism legislation.
(174585)
605
N
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, for what reasons the Baluchistan National Liberation Army was proscribed as a terrorist organisation; and if she will make a statement.
(174586)
606
N
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Islamic experts her Department employs to work on the Prevent aspect of the CONTEST strategy.
(174570)
607
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to announce details of the blue card scheme for non-EU migrant workers.
(175444)
608
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many motorists were (a) stopped on suspicion of drink-driving and (b) prosecuted for drink-driving on UK roads last year.
(175043)
609
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what her Department's requirements are for the visibility and conspicuousness of speed enforcement operations; whether all police forces are subject to such rules; and if she will make a statement.
(174660)
610
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the potential terrorist threat to the Olympic Games.
(174851)
611
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps are being taken to ensure Olympic athletes do not stay in the UK illegally after the 2012 Games.
(174914)
612
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the average waiting time was for a Criminal Records Bureau check in the Humberside Police Authority area in the latest period for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement.
(175046)
613
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps her Department is taking to improve the performance of the Criminal Records Bureau in the Humberside Police Authority area; and if she will make a statement.
(175047)
614
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many outstanding Criminal Records Bureau checks there were in the Humberside Police Authority area on 10th December 2007; and if she will make a statement.
(175048)
615
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Criminal Records Bureau checks were conducted in the Humberside Police Authority area in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(175049)
616
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officer working days were lost to sickness in each (a) police force in England and Wales and (b) London borough in each of the last five years.
(174810)
617
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many firearms were (a) surrendered to and (b) seized by the police in each London borough in each year since 2001.
(174817)
618
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers were (a) offered early retirement schemes and (b) accepted early retirement schemes in each of the last 10 years.
(175057)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
619
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, if the Commission will take steps to ensure that (a) heating is not kept on in offices within the Parliamentary Estate at weekends and on other occasions when it is not likely the rooms are being used and (b) radiators are turned off at weekends and times when they are not used; and if he will make a statement.
(174323)
620
N
Mr David Winnick (Walsall North): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how much was spent on heating on the Parliamentary Estate in each of the last four years.
(174327)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
621
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps the Government has taken to encourage universities to make their facilities available to the wider community.
(166478)
622
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what recent steps the Government has taken to encourage adults to improve their reading skills.
(174573)
623
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what recent steps the Government has taken to widen participation in higher education.
(174574)
624
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps the Government has taken to reduce the numbers of animals used for research purposes.
(174575)
625
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what funding is available for qualified secondary school teachers to study undergraduate courses in (a) chemistry, (b) physics, (c) biology and (d) mathematics; and how many people (i) applied for and (ii) received such funding in each of the last five years.
(175256)
626
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, if he will make it his policy to support the application by the College of Chiropractors to the Privy Council for a Royal Charter.
(175202)
627
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many letters his Department and its predecessors received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174929)
628
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174966)
629
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30th June 2004, (b) 30th June 2005 and (c) 30th June 2006.
(175332)
630
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what percentage of 18 to 22 year old people from the City of Sunderland were studying at university (a) in 1997 and (b) at the latest date for which figures are available.
(175225)
631
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department's new estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms.
(174998)
632
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175319)
633
N
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, 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.
(174565)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
634
Mr Adrian Bailey (West Bromwich West): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what progress has been made in respect of the proposed Policy and Research Unit envisaged in his Department's strategic grant agreement with the UK Co-operative Movement.
[R] (175365)
635
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his most recent estimate is of the number of Zimbabwean refugees in countries neighbouring Zimbabwe.
(174898)
636
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will make representations to the EU on the (a) provision and (b) potential clawback of funding in relation to ApTibet; and if he will make a statement.
(175217)
637
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent progress has been made on his Department's reconstruction projects in (a) Afghanistan and (b) Iraq.
(174642)
638
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Statement by the Prime Minister of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 304, on Afghanistan, what plans his Department has to recruit and deploy specialists who speak Afghan languages and understand tribal dynamics.
(175462)
639
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Statement by the Prime Minister of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 304, on Afghanistan, how many of his Department's personnel serve in the collocated headquarters.
(175464)
640
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Statement by the Prime Minister of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 305, on Afghanistan, how much of the cost of the reconstruction programme announced for Musa Qala will be funded from the £450 million in development and stabilisation assistance to Afghanistan.
(175480)
641
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many overseas offices his Department has; and if he will make a statement.
(174790)
642
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what measures are in place to ensure the monitoring of UK-funded reconstruction projects in Basra in light of planned reductions in UK troop numbers; and if he will make a statement.
(174791)
643
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his policy is on the development of infant diagnostics for HIV in resource-limited settings; and what projects he has to achieve this.
(175204)
644
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many letters his Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174932)
645
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174955)
646
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175309)
647
N
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department is taking to co-operate with African parliaments in countries where the UK has a substantial aid programme.
(174587)
648
Chris Ruane (Vale of Clwyd): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment his Department has made of the role of diaspora communities in the UK in helping to alleviate poverty in the developing world; and what steps his Department is taking to co-ordinate contributions from these communities.
(175289)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
649
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what payment scale is used to determine the remuneration of the previous Area Manager for London in his role of supporting the completion of the investigation by Ron Tasker; and if he will make a statement.
(175194)
650
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the performance of each (a) area office within HM Prison Service and (b) division within HM Prison Service headquarters in meeting correspondence management targets for the year ended March 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(175198)
651
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many and which prison establishments met the key performance target for sustainability for the year ending March 2007; what steps he is taking to ensure that more establishments meet the target in future; and if he will make a statement.
(175199)
652
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much time is allocated to prison officers to conduct a cell search; and if he will make a statement.
(175200)
653
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many temporary promotions have been authorised by the Deputy Director General of HM Prison Service in each of the years since he took the appointment as (a) Deputy Director General and (b) Director of Operations; what the reasons for approving each were; and if he will make a statement.
(175201)
654
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) males and (b) females under 18 years old were convicted for (i) vehicle crime, (ii) domestic burglary and (iii) robbery in each constituency in London in each of the last eight years.
(175358)
655
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners absconded from each (a) prison and (b) young offender institution in London in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(175359)
656
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to provide new court buildings in London; and if he will make a statement.
(175360)
657
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many inquests have been held in each of the last five years into deaths of people detained under the Mental Health Act in NHS mental health accommodation; and in how many of those inquests there was a jury.
(173874)
658
N
Jeremy Corbyn (Islington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what reasons there is no requirement for a coroner to summon a jury for inquests into the deaths of people detained in NHS mental health accommodation under the Mental Health Act; and if he will make a statement.
(173875)
659
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government has taken to ease the burden of criminal court proceedings on children who are called as witnesses.
(173095)
660
N
Mr Jonathan Djanogly (Huntingdon): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he intends to publish the results of the consultation on case track limits and the claims process for personal injury claims.
(174588)
661
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make a statement on the case of R v Roland P Wright, Case No T2003/0089 in Aylesbury Crown Court.
(174210)
662
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he is considering the merits of establishing a separate legal system for Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(174216)
663
Nia Griffith (Llanelli): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people sentenced for drug related offences who were placed on a treatment programme (a) successfully completed the course, (b) remained drugs free for 12 months after completing the course and (c) went on to commit further offences in the latest period for which figures are available.
(174735)
664
Nia Griffith (Llanelli): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people sentenced for drug related offences were subsequently placed on a treatment programme for their (a) physical needs and (b) psychological needs in the latest period for which figures are available.
(174736)
665
Nia Griffith (Llanelli): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the highest number was of drug-related offences committed by one individual in the latest period for which figures are available.
(174737)
666
Nia Griffith (Llanelli): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offences were drug related, including those not charged but taken into account, in the latest period for which figures are available.
(174738)
667
Nia Griffith (Llanelli): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people who have served jail sentences for drug related offences later re-offended in the latest period for which figures are available.
(174739)
668
Nia Griffith (Llanelli): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of the total number of offences recorded in the last 12 months were drug related.
(174740)
669
Nia Griffith (Llanelli): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of those persons serving community service sentences are doing so for drug-related offences.
(174741)
670
Nia Griffith (Llanelli): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people are serving community service sentences for drug-related offences.
(174742)
671
Nia Griffith (Llanelli): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of those persons on remand are on remand for drug-related offences.
(174743)
672
Nia Griffith (Llanelli): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people are on remand for drug-related offences.
(174744)
673
Nia Griffith (Llanelli): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of those persons serving jail sentences are doing so for drug-related offences.
(174745)
674
Nia Griffith (Llanelli): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people are serving jail sentences for drug-related offences.
(174746)
675
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many letters his Department and its predecessors received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174931)
676
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174956)
677
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national prisoners serving sentences of less than 12 months have a court recommendation for deportation.
(174904)
678
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners in open prisons have been judged as posing a (a) high and (b) very high risk of causing serious harm.
(174905)
679
N
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many foreign national prisoners are serving sentences of (a) less than 12 months and (b)12 months or more.
(174906)
680
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of all released prisoners were reconvicted for further offences committed in the first 18 days after release in the last year for which data is available.
(174907)
681
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much funding has been allocated to Lord Goldsmith's citizenship review.
(175016)
682
N
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners serving indeterminate sentences for public protection for an offence of rape or attempted rape have a tariff of (a) under two years, (b) two years or more but less than four years and (c) four years or more.
(175080)
683
N
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for what proven or alleged offences offenders were recalled to prison from end of custody licence for re-offending between 29th June 2007 and 31st October 2007.
(175081)
684
N
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders are awaiting trial for offences of (a) murder, (b) attempted murder and (c) sexual offences allegedly committed while on end of custody licence.
(175082)
685
N
Nick Herbert (Arundel & South Downs): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners are serving indeterminate sentences for public protection for (a) sexual assault, (b) sexual assault against a child, (c) sexual activity with a child and (d) arson.
(175083)
686
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30th June 2004, (b) 30th June 2005 and (c) 30th June 2006.
(175338)
687
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government has taken to improve education and training provision in prisons since 1997.
(175182)
688
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much has been spent on education and training in prisons since 1997.
(175183)
689
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what minimum standards apply to the provision of education, vocational training and work programmes for prisoners.
(175184)
690
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what progress has been made in expanding the programme of business-led training of prisoners provided by National Grid Transco.
(175185)
691
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been released to take part in educational programmes in the community in 2007; and what plans he has to increase that number in future years.
(175186)
692
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans the Government has to expand the role of mentoring in helping prisoners develop employable skills.
(175467)
693
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisons pay the same wages for participation in education and in work programmes.
(175468)
694
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average pay was for prisoners in (a) education and (b) work programmes in 2006-07.
(175469)
695
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what statutory requirement exists for the prison service to offer throughcare programmes, including education and training for prisoners on short-term sentences.
(175470)
696
Mr Nick Hurd (Ruislip-Northwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners were employed in prison workshops in 2006-07.
(175471)
697
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the staff establishment of the Cambridgeshire Probation Service was in each year since 1997.
(175178)
698
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the likely effect on (a) staff numbers in and (b) recruitment to the Cambridgeshire Probation Service of his Department's recent budget settlement in the period 2008-09 to 2011-12; and if he will make a statement.
(175179)
699
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his estimate is of the budgets for the Cambridgeshire Probation Service for (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.
(175180)
700
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) compulsory and (b) voluntary redundancies of staff he estimates the Cambridgeshire Probation Service will make in 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.
(175181)
701
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has to establish a crown court in Milton Keynes.
(174581)
702
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms.
(174991)
703
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answers of 19th November 2007, Official Report, column 515W, on political parties: finance, if he will place in the Library copies of the Inter-Party Talks' minutes and background papers which are classed as held by his Department for the purposes of the Freedom of Information Act.
(174818)
704
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 19th November 2007, Official Report, column 524W, on trades unions, whether the funding of political parties was discussed on any of the six occasions.
(174819)
705
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what differences there are between the requirements of the Council of Europe's draft European Convention on Access to Official Documents and the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in relation to public authorities in the UK.
(175172)
706
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment (a) officials in his Department and (b) the Hayden Phillips review have made of trends in the average level of spending in real terms at a local level by parliamentary candidates during the general election periods regulated by the Representation of the People Act.
(175174)
707
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what meetings and discussions he has had with Sir Hayden Phillips and his representatives on electoral law on donations to political parties.
(175191)
708
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175303)
709
Bob Russell (Colchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent progress has been made on the private finance initiative project for a new courthouse in Colchester; and if he will make a statement.
(175427)
710
N
Graham Stringer (Manchester, Blackley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what his policy is on the archiving of papers of quangoes that have been wound up.
(174385)
711
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what meetings he has held on party funding with Mr Peter Watts in the last 12 months.
(174705)
712
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what injuries were sustained by boys held in Hassockfield Secure Training Centre during physical control in care in each month in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.
(175249)
713
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what injuries were sustained by boys held in Oakhill Secure Training Centre during physical control in care in each month in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.
(175250)
714
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what injuries were sustained by boys held in Rainsbrook Secure Training Centre during physical control in care in each month in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.
(175251)
715
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what injuries were sustained by boys held in Medway Secure Training Centre during physical control in care in each month in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.
(175252)
716
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what injuries were sustained by boys held in Werrington Young Offender Institution during physical control and restraint in each month in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.
(175253)
717
Dr Rudi Vis (Finchley & Golders Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what injuries were sustained by boys held in Wetherby Young Offender Institution during control and restraint in each month in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.
(175254)
Questions to the Leader of the House
718
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Leader of the House, what steps the Government has (a) taken and (b) facilitated to improve the means available to (i) hon. Members and (ii) this House to hold the Government to account and influence the development of policy.
(174633)
719
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Leader of the House, in respect of what legislation she plans to provide for post-legislative scrutiny.
(174634)
720
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Leader of the House, how many letters her Office received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174928)
721
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Leader of the House, how many staff work in her Office's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174949)
722
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Leader of the House, how many hon. Members own the property in which the office facilities for which they claim office accommodation costs are situated; and how many hon. Members have such office facilities situated in property owned by the political party of which they are a member.
(175214)
723
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Leader of the House, what plans she has to bring forward proposals to increase the Communications Allowance; and what increase she intends to propose.
(175173)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
724
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 1212W, on Police Service of Northern Ireland: graduates, if he will consider including educational qualifications as part of the Police Service of Northern Ireland recruitment process.
(174856)
725
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many recorded rapes there were in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years, and what percentage of those recorded rapes led to a conviction in each of those years, broken down by Police Service of Northern Ireland District Command Units.
(174857)
726
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many persons in Northern Ireland have been victims of rape in each of the last 10 years, broken down by (a) age and (b) sex.
(174858)
727
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many burglaries were reported in business premises and how many persons were convicted in each Police Service of Northern Ireland District Command Unit in each of the last 10 years.
(174859)
728
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what arrangements are in place to provide counselling and advice to victims of male rape in Northern Ireland.
(174860)
729
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many accusations of rape were withdrawn in circumstances where admission of false allegations were made in Northern Ireland in each of the last 10 years.
(174861)
730
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to his Answer of 5th December 2007, if he will consider including educational qualifications as part of the Police Service of Northern Ireland recruitment process.
(174862)
731
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many (a) robberies and (b) burglaries were reported in each Police Service of Northern Ireland District Command Unit in each of the last 10 years; and how many of these resulted in convictions.
(174863)
732
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many letters his Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174940)
733
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174968)
734
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30th June 2004, (b) 30th June 2005 and (c) 30th June 2006.
(175324)
735
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms.
(174986)
736
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175318)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
737
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what assessment she has made of the likely impact of the 2012 Olympic Games on UK economic growth over the next five years; and if she will make a statement.
(174908)
738
Mr Nigel Dodds (Belfast North): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what levels of EU funding will be available in relation to the 2012 Olympics.
(174911)
Questions to the Prime Minister
739
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Prime Minister, how many letters his Office received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174941)
740
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Prime Minister, how many staff work in his Office's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174967)
741
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Prime Minister, what the cost was of redundancies in his Office in the 12 months preceding (a) 30th June 2004, (b) 30th June 2005 and (c) 30th June 2006.
(175331)
742
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Prime Minister, what communications there were between the Government and the government of Canada on the proposal to appoint Conrad Black to the United Kingdom peerage relating to his Canadian citizenship at that time.
(173096)
743
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Prime Minister, whether he personally uses an email account in the course of his duties.
(174824)
744
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Prime Minister, what proportion of the cost of the position of the administrator of the Downing Street Political Office will be met by the public purse; and when the post was established.
(175075)
745
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Prime Minister, how much and what proportion of the administrative costs of the Downing Street Political Office was funded by the public purse in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.
(175192)
746
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the Prime Minister, for how much of his working time the administrator of the Downing Street Political Office will be based in Downing Street.
(175193)
747
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Prime Minister, what representations he has received on the timetable for pension and benefits payments in the period before Christmas 2007.
(174867)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
748
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many letters his Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174925)
749
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174959)
750
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30th June 2004, (b) 30th June 2005 and (c) 30th June 2006.
(175479)
751
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, in which years since 1997 the Prime Minister sent greetings to the annual Royal National Mod festival.
(174324)
752
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175305)
Questions to the Solicitor General
753
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Solicitor General, how many letters her Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174942)
754
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Solicitor General, how many staff work in her Office's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174950)
755
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Solicitor General, what assessment she has made of the adequacy of Crown Prosecution Service guidelines for CPS and police operations on the need to protect freedom of expression.
(175006)
756
Paul Holmes (Chesterfield): To ask the Solicitor General, for what reason the Crown Prosecution Service took part in the investigation into the Channel 4 Dispatches programme on alleged extremism in mosques.
(175009)
757
N
John Mann (Bassetlaw): To ask the Solicitor General, when she expects the conclusions of the Crown Prosecution Service's internal review into the anti-Semitic incidents not resulting in prosecution, and incitement to racial hatred prosecutions to be published.
(174164)
Questions to the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission
758
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what guidance the Electoral Commission has produced for Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) on accepting and declaring donations and loans; on what date that guidance was published; and whether it was sent to each MSP.
(175170)
759
Mr Francis Maude (Horsham): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Electoral Commission has produced guidance for regulated donees who are hon. Members on whether subsidising of their websites by trade unions must be declared as a donation or donation in kind.
(175171)
760
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, whether the Electoral Commission seeks to gather information on the validity of the numbers of members affiliated by a trades union to the Labour Party by reference to the number of members in that union paying the political levy.
(174707)
761
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the honourable Member for Gosport, representing the Speaker's Committee on the Electoral Commission, what information the Speaker's Committee has on guidance or instruction given by the Commission to (a) board members and (b) staff who join the Public and Commercial Services Union on whether they should opt out of the political levy; and if he will make a statement.
(174708)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
762
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will make representations to BAA to ensure that security procedures at London's main airports for passengers going to Belfast are identical to those in place for passengers bound for other airports in the UK.
(174597)
763
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps she will take to monitor and incentivise local authorities' compliance with the Disability Equality Duty when they develop and implement road user charging schemes.
(175416)
764
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road accidents which caused (a) injury and (b) death there were on roads in (i) Ribble Valley and (ii) Lancashire in each of the last five years, broken down by age and sex of the victims.
(174444)
765
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps her Department has taken in the last 10 years to reduce road casualties.
(174445)
766
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road accidents there were which resulted in (a) injury and (b) death on the (i) A59 and (ii) M6 within the borders of Lancashire County Council area in each of the last 10 years; and what the ratio of these figures was to total traffic volume in each year.
(174448)
767
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans she has to reduce the incidence of road deaths and serious injuries arising from road traffic accidents amongst young people in Cumbria.
(175364)
768
Mr Robert Goodwill (Scarborough & Whitby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the durability in service of emission control systems retro-fitted to London licensed Hackney Carriages.
(174893)
769
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many local authorities she expects to introduce smart cards or smart card technology for concessionary bus travel on 1st April 2008.
(173890)
770
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11th December 2007, Official Report, column 431W, who (a) commissioned and (b) financed the ergonomic study; whether (i) her Department and (ii) passengers were consulted as part of the study; and if she will make a statement.
(175144)
771
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the acceptable tolerances are for (a) the seat back angle and (b) amount of legroom of a railway carriage seat; and what the figures for each are for a seat on a Desiro 450 carriage.
(175145)
772
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 11th December 2007, Official Report, column 430W, on railways: standards, how many passsengers provided feedback to the ergonomic study relating to (a) medical matters and (b) comfort; and how the customer feedback was obtained.
(175153)
773
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many letters her Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174943)
774
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many staff work in her Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174960)
775
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the cost was of redundancies in her Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30th June 2004, (b) 30th June 2005 and (c) 30th June 2006.
(175339)
776
N
Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total cost has been to her Department and its predecessors of all (a) public enquiries, (b) consultations, (c) consultancy fees, (d) public exhibitions, (e) information initiatives, (f) publicity and (g) other costs in connection with proposals to upgrade the A303(T) from Countess Road roundabout to west of Chicklade since 1986.
(173997)
777
N
Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the total cost has been to her Department and its predecessors of (a) public enquiries, (b) consultations, (c) public information initiatives, (d) consultancy fees and (e) other costs incurred in connection with the A303(T) trunk road improvement project and the proposed new visitors' centre at Stonehenge since 1986.
(174092)
778
N
Mr Mark Lancaster (North East Milton Keynes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the likely effects work being undertaken at Milton Keynes Central train station will have on Milton Keynes commuters when the work is completed.
(174580)
779
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if she will break down her Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms.
(174994)
780
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for which regulators and inspectorates her Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175313)
781
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government is taking to reduce the incidence of drink-driving on UK roads.
(175042)
782
Angus Robertson (Moray): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many serious road injuries and fatalities were related to drink-driving in the (a) last 12 months and (b) each of the last five years.
(175044)
783
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, under what circumstances the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency may release details of vehicle ownership to private companies; and if she will make a statement.
(174659)
784
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans she has to bring forward secondary legislation to make (a) Luton airport and (b) other airports designated airports.
(174842)
785
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will ensure that the Government grant to Torbay Unitary Authority covers the authority's costs arising from the nationwide concessionary bus fare scheme, taking into account the anticipated increase in bus usage during the summer months.
(175019)
786
N
Mr Anthony Steen (Totnes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the estimated cost to the Torbay Unitary Authority will be of the nationwide concessionary bus fare scheme in 2008-09; what proportion of this will be funded by her Department; and if she will make a statement.
(175020)
787
Jeremy Wright (Rugby & Kenilworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she intends to issue guidance on the accessibility of taxis for disabled people.
(175076)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
788
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many letters his Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174930)
789
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174963)
790
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the cost was of redundancies in his Department in the 12 months preceding (a) 30th June 2004, (b) 30th June 2005 and (c) 30th June 2006.
(175478)
791
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175311)
792
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what assessment has been made of the Barnett consequentials arising from the Children's Plan for (a) Wales and (b) the Bridgend constituency, broken down by funding area.
(175236)
793
Mrs Madeleine Moon (Bridgend): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what recent discussions he has had with the First Minister in Wales on the £20 million Barnett consequential payment from support for disabled children and their families; and whether funding from this payment has been allocated in Bridgend constituency.
(175274)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
794
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many letters her Office and its predecessors received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174926)
795
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many staff work in her Office's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174948)
796
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what responsibility (a) she and (b) Ministers in other Departments have for policy on (i) racial, (ii) religious, (iii) disability and (iv) age discrimination.
(174782)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
797
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of parents with care on income support and income-based job seeker's allowance received maintenance in each region in each quarter since January 1997.
(174726)
798
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) loans, (b) lump sum payments, (c) grants, (d) crisis loans and (e) budgeting loans have been made by his Department to people in each region in each month since January 2000.
(174730)
799
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number of people who will receive pension forecasts in 2008.
(174801)
800
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to process a housing benefit application by each local authority was in 2006-07.
(174802)
801
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of (a) fraud and (b) error there have been in the administration of (i) income support, (ii) jobseeker's allowance and (iii) housing benefit in each quarter in the last 10 years, broken down by region.
(174803)
802
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of households in which at least one person will receive (a) pension credit and (b) the minimum income guarantee credit in 2008.
(174804)
803
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of successful pension tranches (a) conducted in each of the last 10 years and (b) that will be conducted in 2008.
(174805)
804
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people who have received pension forecasts in each of the last 10 years.
(174806)
805
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what baseline data his Department uses to measure material deprivation.
(174832)
806
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of children in (a) workless households, (b) households where one parent is working, (c) households where both parents are working and (d) each region were living in material poverty in each quarter in the last 10 years for which records are held.
(174833)
807
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households in each region have had at least one person in receipt of (a) pensioner credit and (b) the minimum income guarantee credit in each year since their introduction.
(174884)
808
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress his Department is making in its programme to rationalise its head office outside central London and maximise the flexible use of space in line with the Working Without Walls report.
(174891)
809
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) buildings and (b) land of (i) his Department and (ii) the (A) non-departmental public bodies, (B) agencies and (C) independent statutory bodies for which his Department is responsible have been sold since 7th May 1997; what the sale price of each (1) was at the time of sale and (2) is at current prices; and whether the money received was (x) retained by his Department or (y) claimed by the Treasury in each case.
(174892)
810
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people are employed by the Child Support Agency to process special payments.
(175241)
811
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people had their (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit claim backdated by more than three months in each of the last five years.
(175242)
812
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was spent on backdating of (a) housing benefit and (b) council tax benefit claims for those whose claims were backdated by (i) less than three months and (ii) three months or more in each of the last five years.
(175243)
813
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what measures have been put in place to ensure that the proposed reduction in backdating of housing benefit claims and council tax benefit claims does not have an adverse impact on vulnerable households.
(175244)
814
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether the potential savings created by the proposed reduction in backdating of housing benefit and council tax benefit claims will be ring-fenced for redeployment in support for housing.
(175245)
815
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners in each London constituency did not take up their entitlement to pension credit in each of the last five years.
(175357)
816
Chris Bryant (Rhondda): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the value is of work sub-contracted by Remploy's Furniture Group to other companies outside Remploy.
(175280)
817
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the level of savings disregard was when pension credit was first introduced; what its level was at the most recent date for which figures are available; and what its level would be if the disregard had been revised in line with (a) prices and (b) earnings.
(174169)
818
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, on what date the first meeting of the Joint Child Poverty Unit was held.
(175090)
819
Chris Grayling (Epsom & Ewell): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have claimed jobseeker's allowance for more than 24 months in the last (a) 36 months, (b) 48 months and (c) 60 months.
(174900)
820
Damian Green (Ashford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what checks are made on the immigration status of applicants for disability living allowance who declare themselves to be British; and if he will make a statement.
(174752)
821
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many letters his Department received from hon. Members and Peers in each session of Parliament since 1997.
(174945)
822
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many staff work in his Department's parliamentary branch; and what proportion of their time is spent on dealing with (a) Parliamentary Questions and (b) correspondence from hon. Members and Peers.
(174958)
823
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many households include no-one in full-time employment; and what steps he has taken to tackle worklessness in the last five years.
(175373)
824
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the obligations on employers under (a) the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and (b) other health and safety legislation to prepare for a potential influenza pandemic.
(174747)
825
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, if he will allocate new national insurance numbers to those children whose data was included on the discs lost by HM Revenue and Customs in October 2007.
(174850)
826
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of people were living in relative poverty, below 40 per cent of median income, in the UK in each year between 1979 and 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(174821)
827
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of children living in poverty are in households liable to pay full council tax; and if he will make a statement.
(174847)
828
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people classed as living in poverty paid full council tax in each financial year since 1993-94.
(174848)
829
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he will publish estimates of the number of people living in poverty in 2006-07; and if he will make a statement.
(174853)
830
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many of those aged 16 to 24 years were classed as living in poverty in each financial year since 1989-90.
(174854)
831
Mr Oliver Letwin (West Dorset): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Winter Supplementary Estimates (HC 29), if he will break down his Department's (a) main estimate and (b) winter supplementary estimate provision by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms.
(174987)
832
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that employers provide access to an occupational pension scheme for their employees.
(175326)
833
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans he has to give low income employees access to an occupational pension.
(175327)
834
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department plans to take to improve the administration of housing benefit by local authorities.
(175328)
835
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to tackle fraud and errors in payment in benefits paid to prisoners.
(175329)
836
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to tackle benefit fraud by UK nationals abroad.
(175330)
837
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, for which regulators and inspectorates his Department has had responsibility in each year since 1997; what the budget was of each such body in each year; and what the cost to the public purse was of any restructuring of each such body in each year.
(175312)
838
Adam Price (Carmarthen East & Dinefwr): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many residents of Wales had cases managed by the Pension Service's Newcastle office in the last 12 month period for which figures are available.
(174845)
839
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners receive (a) the basic state pension alone and (b) the basic state pension and pension credits.
(174872)
840
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what contingency plans he has put in place should pension and benefits claimants be unable to access their payments before Christmas 2007.
(175077)
841
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many pensioners have had their pension payment date (a) advanced to 21st December 2007 and (b) set to be paid on 24th December 2007.
(175078)
842
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what representations he has received on the timetable for pension and benefits payments in the period leading up to Christmas 2007.
(175079)
843
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people asked for a face to face interview about a social fund application and were not offered this in the latest month for which figures are available.
(174648)
844
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average length of time was for (a) a decision on and (b) a review of social fund claims from the Birmingham office in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(174667)
845
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what progress is being made on achieving a single independent review of social fund claims.
(174668)
846
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of community care grants were awarded to pensioners in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(174670)
847
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of calls were connected to the Social Fund in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(174671)
848
N
Andrew Selous (South West Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 29th November 2007, Official Report, column 426, on tax credits, whether the Government held discussions during the UK Presidency of the EU on reform of EC Regulations 1408/71 and 574/72; and whether it has done so since then.
(174672)
849
Ms Gisela Stuart (Birmingham, Edgbaston): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of people in the West Midlands who have not made financial provisions for their retirement; and if he will make a statement.
(175441)
850
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people made contributions into a group personal pension scheme in 2005-06.
(175052)
851
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the aggregate size of contributions to pension funds was in each year since 1997.
(175053)
852
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of employers who do not offer occupational pension schemes.
(175054)
853
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the number of private sector employers which offer pension schemes with contributions above three per cent.; and what percentage of occupational pension schemes this figure represents.
(175059)
854
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the percentage of pensioners who will retire in the 2007-08 fiscal year and are enrolled in an (a) final salary scheme and (b) defined contribution scheme.
(175060)
855
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps his Department is taking to prevent the fraudulent use of deceased pensioners' details; and if he will make a statement.
(175061)
856
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people aged (a) 18 to 25, (b) 25 to 45 and (c) 45 to 65 years are contracted out of the state second pension; and what proportion of the working population in each age group these figures represent.
(175063)
857
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people have opted to contract out of the state second pension since its introduction.
(175064)
858
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number of companies which face increases in their annual payments to the Pension Protection Fund as a result of their overturned appeals against its levy.
(175065)
859
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to publish Andrew Young's final report on the Financial Assistance Scheme.
(175069)
860
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many times the e-forecasting service on the Pension Service website was used to calculate state pension forecasts in each month since May 2007.
(175070)
861
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many (a) single pensioners and (b) pensioner couples received (i) pension credit and (ii) income support in England in each year since 1997.
(175071)
862
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people receive the retirement pension age addition for those aged 80 years or over in each constituency in England.
(175072)
863
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people in (a) Eastbourne constituency, (b) England and (c) the UK receive the carer's credit for the state second pension; and what percentage of the population in each area each figure represents.
(175073)
864
Mr Nigel Waterson (Eastbourne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many occupational pension schemes have entered wind-up procedures in each year since 1997; and what percentage of occupational pension schemes operating in each year each figure represents.
(175074)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
865
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what feasibility studies have been carried out on potential growth of combined heat and power plants.
[Transferred] (175423)
866
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he has had discussions with the Romanian Prime Minister on Romania's possible membership of the International Whaling Commission; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (175297)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
867
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Prime Minister's Oral Statement of 12th December 2007, Official Report, column 303, on Afghanistan, what steps he plans to take to increase burden-sharing between partners and allies in relation to Afghanistan; and what assessment he made of the practicality of international policy on Afghanistan before his review of strategy.
[Transferred] (175215)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
868
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, who informed the press that the Australian government would be paying the legal expenses of Kellie Merritt at the forthcoming inquest into deaths of service personnel on the Hercules aircraft shot down in Iraq.
[Transferred] (175285)
869
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to provide legal aid and assistance to the British families at the forthcoming inquest into the deaths of personnel on the Hercules aircraft shot down in Iraq.
[Transferred] (175286)
870
Mr Fraser Kemp (Houghton & Washington East): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of offenders in the North East re-offended in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (175226)

 
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