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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 18 December 2007

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


 

Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Tuesday 18 December 2007
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 18 December 2007


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 18 December of which previous notice has been given in the Notices of Questions paper. They are arranged in alphabetical order of answering Department.

For other Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 18 December of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 18 December see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, whether he plans through the implementation of the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive to increase consumer protection from misleading copycat packaging.
[R] (175501)
2
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the trading standards departments' capacity to enforce the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive regulations without the inclusion of provision for private prosecution against misleading copycat packaging.
[R] (175502)
3
Mr John Greenway (Ryedale): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what timetable he plans for the (a) publication, (b) consultation on and (c) implementation of the Unfair Commercial Practices Directive regulations.
[R] (175503)
4
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of the likely effect on the UK restaurant trade of skilled chefs from abroad needing to pass the English language test requirement.
(175496)
5
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many customers use the Shipbourne Road, Tonbridge Post Office on average each day.
(174916)
6
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many customers use the South End, Edenbridge, Post Office on average each day.
(174917)
7
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many customers use the Hectorage Road, Tonbridge, Post Office on average each day.
(174918)
8
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the cost to the public purse was of Post Watch in the latest year for which figures are available.
(174919)
9
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many post offices there are within a mile of (a) the Hectorage Road, Tonbridge, Post Office, (b) the Shipbourne Road, Tonbridge, Post Office and (c) the South End, Edenbridge, Post Office.
(174920)
10
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimates he has made of the average UK household (a) electricity and (b) gas bill in 2007-08; and if he will make a statement.
(175534)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
11
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether employees of HM Revenue and Customs involved in the collection of tax receive bonuses related directly or indirectly to the amount of tax revenue that they have been involved in collecting.
(175492)
12
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Yeovil of 19th October 2007, Official Report, columns 1353-5W, on migrant workers, how many of the 0.3 million additional UK born workers of working age in work between 1997 and 2007 had previously claimed benefit.
(175299)
13
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 19th October 2007, Official Report, column 1353W, on migrant workers, in what economic sectors the 1.4 million additional foreign born workers of working age between 1997 and 2007 are working; and how many UK born individuals have gained a level 2 qualification in these sectors since 1997.
(175385)
14
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his Department's estimate of the tax gap is; and what model his Department uses to estimate the gap.
(175527)
15
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will initiate an investigation into the use of captive insurance companies by accountancy firms.
(175528)
16
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much is payable in annual national insurance contributions by a person with gross annual earnings of (a) £12,000, (b) £24,000, (c) £50,000 and (d) £100,000 in 2007-08.
(175529)
17
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many Freedom of Information requests his Department has received since the Freedom of Information Act 2000 came into force; and in how many instances his Department took more than (a) six, (b) 12, (c) 18 and (d) 24 months to provide a substantive response.
(175530)
18
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will commission research on the levels of use of offshore tax havens by UK banks and the economic effects of that use.
(175531)
19
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has paid to external advisers for advice on Northern Rock in 2007-08; and how much has been paid to each such adviser.
(175532)
20
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 27th February 2007, Official Report, column 1300W, on the Sandstorm report, what plans he has to publish the Sandstorm report.
(175536)
21
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, to which (a) individuals and (b) organisations his Department provided access to (i) all and (ii) part of the Sandstorm report.
(175537)
22
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, with reference to the Answer of 27th February 2007, Official Report, column 1300W, on the Sandstorm report, when his Department expects to make a definitive reply to Professor Prem Sikka of the University of Essex's request of 13th March 2006 under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for publication of the Sandstorm report relating to the closure of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International; and what the reasons are for the time taken to respond.
(175545)
23
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to his predecessor's statement on 6th December 2006, Official Report, column 308, if he will place in the Library evidence that nutrition for pregnant mothers is most important in the last months of pregnancy.
(175391)
24
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when the Financial Secretary will provide a substantive reply to the letter of 31st October 2007, from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire (acknowledgement 10th October, reference 1/50946/07).
(175408)
25
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when he will reply to the letter of 9th November 2007 from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire on capital gains tax and the loss of indexation allowance.
(175489)
26
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average UK household disposable income was in each of the last five years, broken down by region; what proportion of disposable income on average was spent on energy bills in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(175533)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
27
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government has taken to improve standards of foreign language education in schools since 1997.
(174159)
28
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government has taken to assist schools increasing participation in extra-curricular sports.
(174160)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
29
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much English Partnerships has spent since its establishment in each parliamentary constituency in England.
(175546)
30
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether she plans to amend guidance to fire authorities on the handling of fires involving oxyacetylene; and if she will make a statement.
(175548)
31
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what instructions were given by her Department's staff at the oxyacetylene fire incident on the A12 at Eight Ash Green on Friday 5th October 2007; whether her Department received any requests for the penetration of the oxyacetylene cylinder by high velocity rifle round; and if she will make a statement.
(175549)
32
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many fire-fighters have been (a) killed and (b) injured by explosions caused by oxyacetylene cylinders in the last 10 years.
(175553)
33
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, on which occasions trunk road motorway or rail closures of more than three hours have been caused by fires involving oxyacetylene since such fires began to be recorded as fires of special interest; and if she will make a statement.
(175554)
34
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when her Department began recording fires involving oxyacetylene as fires of special interest; and how many such fires have been recorded.
(175555)
35
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what research her Department has commissioned on the most effective ways of handling fires involving oxyacetylene.
(175556)
36
N
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she plans to announce the sites which she will take forward to the next stage as possible sites for eco-towns; and what processes will be adopted to ensure the full engagement of (a) local authorities and (b) the public before final decisions are taken.
(174390)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
37
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many full-time equivalent press officers the Big Lottery Fund employs; and how many of those are based in its (a) London headquarters, (b) regional offices and (c) offices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
(175394)
38
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent on the bidding process for funds from the People's £50 Million Lottery, broken down by proposed project.
(175395)
39
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) members of the management board and (b) other staff received a salary of more than £99,999 per annum pro rata in (a) his Department, (b) English Heritage, (c) the Big Lottery Fund, (d) the Arts Council and (e) the Royal Parks in the last financial year for which figures are available.
(175396)
40
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many full-time equivalent press officers were employed in his Department in the latest period for which figures are available.
(175397)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
41
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of (a) single and (b) family defence estate accommodation is classed as (i) category 1, (ii) category 2, (iii) category 3 and (iv) category 4; what criteria he uses for deciding whether accommodation is sub-standard; and what assessment he has made of the findings of the Public Accounts Committee report on managing the defence estate.
(175298)
42
N
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 10th December 2007, Official Report, column 394W, on armed forces: deployment, from which units the 200 regular army reinforcements came; and how many of them have been operationally deployed in the last six months.
(174765)
43
N
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the peace establishment was of the 2nd Battalion the Mercian Regiment before its deployment to Afghanistan; what the strength was of the Battalion; how many reinforcements to the Battalion were received from (a) the regular Army, (b) the Territorial Army and (c) the regular Army Reserves; how many of all ranks were (i) left behind on recruitment duties, (ii) physically unfit to deploy and (iii) left behind in barracks to form a rear party; and what the Battalion's battle casualty replacement policy was.
(175390)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
44
N
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what (a) staff, (b) research support and (c) funding has been allocated to the Cross Departmental Committee for Inland Waterways.
(174975)
45
N
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether the Cross Departmental Committee for Inland Waterways is a permanent committee or time limited.
(174976)
46
N
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who sits on the Cross Departmental Committee for Inland Waterways.
(174977)
47
N
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what departments are represented on the Cross Departmental Committee for Inland Waterways.
(174978)
48
N
Charlotte Atkins (Staffordshire Moorlands): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the terms of reference are of the Cross Departmental Committee for Inland Waterways.
(174979)
49
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the (a) targets for and (b) outputs of each organisation in the business resource efficiency and waste partnership were for (i) 2005-06 and (ii) 2006-07.
(175406)
50
N
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was allocated to each organisation in the business resource efficiency and waste partnership for (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07.
(175407)
51
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which areas in the Designated Thames Gateway area are classified as flood plains.
(175542)
52
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of land in the Thames Gateway area is flood plain.
(175551)
53
Alistair Burt (North East Bedfordshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many houses in the Thames Gateway area are expected to be built on a flood plain.
(175552)
54
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he last met the Japanese Ambassador to discuss the Japanese whaling fleet's intention to kill 935 minke whales, 50 fin whales and 50 humpback whales.
(175264)
55
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the provisions of the Hunting Act 2004 are enforced; and if he will make a statement.
(175265)
56
N
Sarah Teather (Brent East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12th December 2007, Official Report, columns 700-1W, on the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, how many attacks on people there were by dogs designated as dangerous under the Dangerous Dogs Act 1991 in each year since 1997 in London.
(175389)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
57
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effects on Palestinians of the restrictions on movement within the West Bank.
(175400)
58
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the progress by Russia towards commitments made at the 1999 Istanbul summit of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe for withdrawal of Russian military forces from Moldova and Georgia.
(172386)
59
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the UK contribution has been to the budget of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in every year since 1992; and what percentage of the OSCE's overall budget this has constituted.
(172387)
60
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Russian counterpart on the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights' ability to observe the upcoming presidential election in that country, in April 2008, without restrictions and in accordance with established practice.
(172388)
61
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the Russian decision to suspend its participation in the Treaty on Conventional Forces in Europe as of 12th December.
(172389)
62
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 3rd December 2007, Official Report, columns 567-8W, on The Instrument of Pre-Accession, what criteria have been used in determining the level of financial assistance allocated within the Instrument to (a) Bosnia-Herzegovina, (b) Serbia and (c) Croatia in each financial year from 2007 to 2010.
(175494)
63
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent representations he has made to the government of Turkey on the closure of its border with Armenia.
(175499)
64
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the effect on the people of Armenia of the closure of its border with Turkey.
(175500)
65
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effects of fighting in eastern areas of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the people in the region; and what support his Department is providing to peace initiatives in those areas.
(175513)
66
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he has made recent representations to the Sudanese government to expedite the deployment of a joint UN-African Union peacekeeping force in Darfur.
(175515)
67
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he will provide a substantive response to the letter of 30th October 2007 from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire on the EU Treaty.
(175488)
68
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received of violations of Iranian airspace by US airforce fighter jets around Khorramshahr on 13th November; and if he will make a statement.
(175392)
69
N
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his counterparts in other Council of Europe member states on the Secretary General's proposals on secret detention and detainee transfers; what his position is on the future discussion of these proposals by the Committee of Ministers; and if he will make a statement.
(175401)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
70
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the cost to the NHS of drug eluting stents was over the past four years.
(174589)
71
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recommendations his Department has made to refer the technology appraisal on drug eluting stents to the Decision Support Unit at Sheffield University.
(174922)
72
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to improve the standard of services for women in labour since 1997.
(170373)
73
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many residents of Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency are on the Cumbria Primary Care Trust's waiting list for NHS dentistry services.
(175387)
74
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he expects every ambulance serving South Lakeland to be equipped with a 12 lead electrocardiogram machine.
(175388)
75
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when the North West Ambulance Service expects to be able to provide at least one fully trained paramedic in addition to a driver on each ambulance serving the South Lakeland area.
(175393)
76
N
Mr John Horam (Orpington): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what targets he has set for reducing waiting times between a patient being placed on a consultant's list and the operation taking place; and what his policy is on these matters.
(175276)
77
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's policy is on the addition of animal or vegetable proteins or other high nitrogen materials into chicken breasts; what assessment he has made of the effect of this practice on the accurate measurement of the amount of added water in the product; and if he will make a statement.
(174921)
78
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assistance the Food Standards Agency has (a) requested and (b) received from (i) the European Commission and (ii) the Dutch Government in relation to the use of added animal proteins in chicken breasts in the last five years.
(174923)
79
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many FP10 forms have been lost in transit from pharmacists to the Prescriptions Pricing Division of the NHS Business Services Authority.
(174720)
80
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how data is shared between pharmacists and the Prescription Pricing Division of the NHS Business Services Authority; and what medium is used to transmit the data.
(174721)
81
N
Mr Andrew Lansley (South Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what encryption is used when sending data from pharmacists to the Prescription Pricing Division of the NHS Business Services Authority.
(174722)
82
N
Mr Ian McCartney (Makerfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which individuals have been appointed to the boards of NHS foundation trusts in the North West of England since 2001 to date, broken down by (a) employment background, (b) ethnicity, (c) sex and (d) political affiliation.
(174924)
83
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals his Department has made to raise patients' awareness of prescription prepayment certificates.
(175261)
84
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proposals he has to exempt those on low incomes from liability for prescription charges.
(175262)
85
N
Mr John MacDougall (Glenrothes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that hospitals provide car parking concessions for patients travelling regularly for treatment.
(175263)
86
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people were (a) admitted to and (b) discharged from hospital with a primary or secondary diagnosis of (i) malnutrition, (ii) nutritional anaemias and (iii) other nutritional deficiencies in each year from 1997-98 to 2006-07; and if he will provide a breakdown of these figures by hospital for 2006-07.
(174970)
87
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the merits of establishing an independent complaints body for self-funders and part-funders in care homes.
(174971)
88
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many complaints the Healthcare Commission and its predecessor bodies received in each year since 1997.
(175091)
89
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 1320W, on NHS: finance, what the statutory minimum of public dividend capital is that a financially challenged trust is expected to repay annually; and what procedures are in place to report to Parliament the liability contingent upon a write-off of any part of the (a) principal and (b) interest on (i) public dividend capital and (ii) loans.
(175346)
90
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 5th December 2007, Official Report, column 1320W, on NHS: finance, what the statutory minimum repayment of cash support advanced to NHS trusts in the financially challenged trusts regime is; what his policy is on requiring such repayments; and if he will make a statement.
(175347)
91
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had on the establishment of an independent complaints body for self-funders and part-funders in care homes.
(175353)
92
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recent progress has been made in implementation of the Prostate Cancer Risk Management Programme; and if he will make a statement.
(175508)
93
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many cancer clinical nurse specialists there were (a) of each cancer specification and (b) in each cancer network working in the NHS in (i) 1997, (ii) 2001, (iii) 2005 and (iv) 2007.
(175509)
94
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the progress made by cancer networks in implementing the Improving Outcomes Guidance for Urological Cancers; and if he will make a statement.
(175510)
95
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he will publish a report on the outcomes of the National Cancer Peer Review Programme.
(175511)
96
Mr Shailesh Vara (North West Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the extent of the illegal trade in human organs in the UK; and if he will make a statement.
(175538)
97
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans his Department has to co-ordinate local NHS trusts' cardiac rehabilitation programmes.
(175539)
98
Mr Phil Willis (Harrogate & Knaresborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department plans to take to assist local NHS trusts to meet the target for the availability of cardiac rehabilitation services set out in the National Service Framework 2003.
(175540)
99
N
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to combat the spread of sexually transmitted infections.
(174623)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
100
N
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the total cost is of backdating the Police Service Pay Award from 1st December to 1st September.
(175384)
101
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 10th December 2007, Official Report, column 90W, on police patrolling, what the respective figures are for each year from 1997-98 to 2005-06 based on the same definition used in the Answer.
(174000)
102
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will introduce a nationwide scheme to enable deaf people to send text messages to the emergency telephone number 999.
(174335)
103
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to the Answer of 11th December 2007, Official Report, column 481W, on entry clearances: employment, how many non-EU citizens have obtained leave to (a) remain and (b) enter the UK under the categories of (i) the International Graduate Scheme, (ii) Innovator, (iii) working and the (iv) Gap Year Students Highly Skilled Migrant Programme in each year since the scheme began.
(175266)
104
N
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, with reference to the Answer of 10th September 2007, Official Report, column 1930W, on asylum, what further information is being solicited from unsuccessful asylum claimants; how many such individuals have been contacted; when she expects to provide an update on the case resolution programme; what reports have been produced on the programme; if she will publish those reports; and if she will make a statement on her plans for dealing with unsuccessful asylum claimants subject to the case resolution programme in each year since the scheme began.
(175267)
105
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government has taken to reduce the number of dangerous weapons on the streets since 1997.
(175259)
106
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what steps the Government is taking to ensure young people are unable to purchase knives.
(175260)
107
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people given Security Industry Authority (SIA) licences who were not legally entitled to work in the UK have worked for (a) the SIA, (b) the Border and Immigration Agency (BIA) and (c) companies contracted to work for the SIA or BIA.
(175491)
108
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how the Security Industry Authority (SIA) validates information supplied by applicants for an SIA licence who have been resident in the UK for less than 12 months; and how many applications for an SIA licence from such applicants have been refused because information supplied proved inaccurate since the SIA was established.
(175535)
109
David T. C. Davies (Monmouth): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what procedures the Security Industry Authority uses to validate previous addresses of licence applications who have lived abroad in any part of the preceding five years.
(175541)
110
N
Tim Farron (Westmorland & Lonsdale): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many serving police officers there were in (a) Cumbria and (b) Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency in each of the last 10 years.
(175386)
111
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what measures she has put in place to ensure that immigrants applying for skilled jobs in the UK who are from countries where English is not the first language will not be discriminated against as a result of the English language test requirement.
(175497)
112
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effect on the recruitment of highly skilled chefs for Chinese restaurants in the UK of the points-based immigration system, with particular reference to the language test requirement; and if she will make a statement.
(175498)
113
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she expects to reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire on 1st November transferred from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (MP/Auth Ref: B33561/7).
(175477)
114
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will reply to Question 167966, tabled by the hon. Member for Cardiff Central on 21st November for answer on 26th November; and if she will make a statement.
(175544)
115
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will reply to Question 164672 tabled by the hon. Member for Cardiff Central, on 12th November 2007 for answer on 15th November; and if she will make a statement.
(175550)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
116
N
Mr Frank Doran (Aberdeen North): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, what response the Commission has made to the review by Sir Kevin Tebbit of the management and services of the House.
(175300)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
117
N
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many complaints have been received by the Student Loans Company on loan repayments made via HM Revenue and Customs not being recorded by the Student Loans Company or appearing on Student Loans Company statements in each of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(175398)
118
N
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the IT system which co-ordinates confirmation of student loan repayments between the Student Loans Company and HM Revenue and Customs; and whether this system has failed or generated errors in the last three years.
(175399)
119
Mr Bernard Jenkin (North Essex): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many (a) lip reading and (b) sign language courses are offered by each local authority in England; and what the average cost is for participants.
(175547)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
120
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will provide an update on the financial sector deepening project in Uganda.
(175257)
121
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will implement in other countries a financial sector deepening project such as that underway in Uganda.
(175258)
122
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, pursuant to the Answer of 4th December 2007, Official Report, column 1084W, on China: bears, if he will make it his policy to offer assistance to the Chinese government to end bear bile farming in China; and if he will make a statement.
(175493)
123
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, if he will meet representatives of Animals Asia to discuss bile extraction from bears in China.
(175495)
124
Mr Mohammad Sarwar (Glasgow Central): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assistance his Department has offered to the government of Kenya to help deal with the recent Ebola outbreak in the Bundibugyo district.
(175514)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
125
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what plans he has for future levels of funding of the Probation Service.
(175268)
126
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government has taken to improve the Probation Service in the West Midlands.
(175269)
127
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government has taken to assist with the demand on the work of probation services caused by prisoners being released early.
(175270)
128
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the expenditure of the Probation Service in England and Wales was in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2006-07 on (i) drug treatment and testing orders, (ii) work on multi-agency public protection arrangements, (iii) basic skills and (iv) victims.
(173768)
129
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of staff employed by the Probation Service in England and Wales were in daily direct contact with offenders in each of the last 10 years.
(173769)
130
N
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what was spent on local management for the Probation Service in England and Wales for each financial year since 1997-98.
(175379)
131
N
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what was spent on local infrastructure, including IT and estates, for the Probation Service in England and Wales for each financial year since 1997-98.
(175380)
132
N
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what was spent on central IT for the Probation Service in England and Wales for each financial year since 1997-98.
(175381)
133
N
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what was spent on approved premises for the Probation Service in England and Wales for each financial year since 1997-98.
(175382)
134
N
Mr Neil Gerrard (Walthamstow): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what was spent on public protection for the Probation Service in England and Wales for each financial year since 1997-98.
(175383)
135
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the anticipated efficiency saving in his Department is for each of the next three financial years.
(174329)
136
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he plans to take to ensure that his Department makes three per cent. value for money savings in each of the next three financial years.
(174330)
137
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the anticipated change in budget to 2010-11 is for HM Courts Service.
(174331)
138
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the anticipated change in budget to 2010-11 is for the Legal Aid Fund.
(174332)
139
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what basis it is anticipated that his Department can make efficiency savings in the next three financial years.
(174333)
Questions to the Leader of the House
140
N
Mr John Baron (Billericay): To ask the Leader of the House, what subjects for topical debates have been proposed to her in each week of the current session; how many proposals she received for each subject; and what criteria she used to choose the subjects upon which topical debates have been held.
(175275)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
141
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what additional personnel will be required to service the proposed new prison for adult males in Northern Ireland; and what estimate he has made of the number of construction jobs created in building the new facility.
(174528)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
142
N
Mr Simon Burns (West Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what percentage of road traffic accidents in West Chelmsford constituency resulted from (a) speeding, (b) excessive alcohol consumption and (c) drug abuse in each of the last three years.
(174334)
143
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government has taken to encourage more people to buy environmentally friendly cars since 1997.
(170282)
144
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what action the Government has taken to encourage more people to ride bicycles to work since 1997.
(170283)
145
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government has taken to improve passenger safety on public transport since 1997.
(174161)
146
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government has taken to increase accessibility of public transport for elderly and disabled people.
(174162)
147
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government has taken to understand the travel (a) needs, (b) behaviour and (c) aspirations of each section of the community.
(174163)
148
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she expects contractors to be appointed in relation to the upgrading of the A14 between Cambridge and Huntingdon; and if she will make a statement.
(174391)
149
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic accidents there were (a) in total and (b) involving road freight on the (i) M1, (ii) M2, (iii) M6, (iv) M20, (v) M25, (vi) M60, (vii) M62, (viii) A14 and (ix) A1(M) in each of the last five years.
(175484)
150
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many road traffic accidents involving (a) cyclists, (b) pedestrians and (c) road freight occurred in England in each of the last five years, broken down by police authority area.
(175486)
151
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much the UK (a) has spent and (b) is expected to spend on the Galileo satellite navigation project.
(175526)
152
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many accidents there were involving Class 3 vehicles in each year since 2000.
(175504)
153
N
Mrs Theresa Villiers (Chipping Barnet): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much her Department has spent on consultants for work relating to the Thameslink programme since 1998.
(175405)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
154
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the likely increase in the number of claimants of (a) disability living allowance (care component), (b) attendance allowance and (c) carer's allowance after 5th April 2008 when they become exportable within the European Economic Area.
(175505)
155
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the likely additional costs of (a) disability living allowance (care component), (b) attendance allowance and (c) carer's allowance after 5th April 2008 when they become exportable within the European Economic Area.
(175506)
156
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the likely number of staff needed to handle extra cases of (a) disability living allowance (care component), (b) attendance allowance and (c) carer's allowance after 5th April 2008 when they become exportable within the European Economic Area.
(175507)
157
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 13th December 2007, Official Report, column 68WS, on Disability Benefits (European Court of Justice), what matters he expects to be discussed in future meetings between officials from his Department and European Commission officials on European legislation on the exportability of benefits.
(175516)
158
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the written ministerial statement of 13th December 2007, Official Report, column 68WS, on Disability Benefits (European Court of Justice), what legal advice his Department sought ahead of the European Court of Justice's judgment; and at what cost.
(175517)
159
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 27th November 2007, Official Report, column 329W, on consolatory payments, what the total value of consolatory payments made by the Child Support Agency was in each year since 1992; and what the value was of the single largest such payment.
(175485)
160
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what percentage of internal reviews of community care grant decisions were successful (a) at each benefit delivery centre and (b) nationally in the latest period for which figures are available.
(174972)
161
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average time taken to determine an internal review request on a community care grant decision was (a) at each benefit delivery centre and (b) nationally in the latest period for which figures are available.
(174973)
162
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many outstanding internal review requests there were on community care grant decisions at each benefit delivery centre in each month between March and August 2007.
(174974)
163
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many divorced women receive a state retirement pension; what estimate he has made of the number of these who have enhanced their pension by substituting the national insurance record of their ex-husband; by what means his Department informs divorced women of their right to make such a substitution for the period of their marriage; what assistance his Department gives to such women unable to supply their ex-husband's national insurance number; and if he will make a statement.
(175487)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
164
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate she has made of the number of (a) energy performance certification assessors and (b) energy performance certificates for non-dwellings that will be required in the first six months after the introduction of the scheme.
[Transferred] (175512)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
165
N
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of senior care workers from the Philippines working in care homes in England; and if he will make a statement.
[Question Unstarred] (174612)

 
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