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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 5 February 2008

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 5 February 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Tuesday 5 February 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Tuesday 5 February 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 5 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Tuesday 5 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, from which countries the UK imported oil in 2007; and what the percentage of total oil imports was made from each.
(184575)
2
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, from which countries the UK imported natural gas in 2007; and what the percentage of total natural gas imports was made from each.
(184576)
3
N
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the average annual household bill for (a) gas and (b) electricity in (i) St Ives constituency, (ii) Cornwall and (iii) England in each of the last 10 years.
(184820)
4
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what plans he has to implement the European Union directive on the sale of pyrotechnic articles; and if he will make a statement.
(184403)
5
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much expenditure on (a) research and development on and (b) installation of tidal power his Department is planning in each of the next three years.
(178648)
6
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment his Department has made of the potential contribution to the national grid of electricity generated by tidal power over the next (a) five, (b) 10 and (c) 50 years.
(178649)
7
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what his assessment is of the contribution to the UK economy of Daresbury Science and Innovation campus; and if he will make a statement.
(184819)
8
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what correspondence he has had with the EU Commission on GSM gateway matters since 2003.
(184674)
9
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what correspondence there has been between (a) Ofcom and (b) UKREP and the European Commission on GSM gateway matters since 2003.
(184675)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
10
N
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the reasons were for the recent changes to HM Revenue and Customs' Code of Practice 26, What Happens if We Have Paid You too Much Tax Credit; and if he will make a statement.
(184628)
11
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was (a) budgeted for and (b) spent on the childcare element of the working tax credit in each quarter of the last five years for which data is available; and if he will make a statement.
(184928)
12
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the average level of award made to families of the childcare element of the working tax credit was in each quarter of the last five years for which data is available; and if he will make a statement.
(184929)
13
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families were (a) eligible for and (b) receiving the childcare element of the working tax credit in each quarter of the last five years for which data is available; and if he will make a statement.
(184930)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
14
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much funding his Department provided to young people with disabilities to assist them with learning to use computers in each year since 2001.
(185038)
15
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what progress his Department has made towards meeting its targets on (a) extended schools and (b) after-school childcare.
(184925)
16
N
Annette Brooke (Mid Dorset & North Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the cost of extended school provision in deprived areas in England in the latest period for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(184926)
17
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government has taken to improve the emotional well-being of school children since 1997.
(183839)
18
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government plans to take to support schools in providing mandatory cooking lessons.
(183840)
19
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government has taken to raise the aspirations of school children to aim for further or higher education since 1997.
(184821)
20
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much the Government has spent on pre-school education in Coventry in the last five years.
(184822)
21
N
Helen Jones (Warrington North): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what support is available through the Connexions Service to assist young people who stammer into employment; and what training is given to staff in the service on the best ways of assisting such young people.
(184621)
22
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of maintained primary schools had (a) under 245 pupils, (b) between 246 and 345 pupils, (c) between 346 and 445 pupils, (d) between 446 and 545 pupils, (e) between 546 and 645 pupils, (f) between 646 and 745 pupils, (g) between 746 and 845 pupils, (h) between 846 and 945, (i) between 946 and 999 pupils and (j) over 1,000 pupils in the last period for which figures are available.
(185074)
23
N
Mr Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of surplus places there were in each of the last three years in (a) primary, (b) middle and (c) high schools on the Isle of Wight.
(184673)
24
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 24WS, on the future of rural schools, and the letter placed in the Library, what estimate he has made of the percentage of rural schools which may need to (a) close and (b) merge; and if he will make a statement.
(185024)
25
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 24WS, on the future of rural schools, and the letter placed in the Library, how much of the £188 million of funding referred to in the dedicated schools grant 2007-08 for the extra costs of primary schools which arise due to sparsity of population has been allocated to Herefordshire; and if he will make a statement.
(185025)
26
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 24WS, on the future of rural schools, and the letter placed in the Library, under what circumstances his Department's policy is that a (a) primary and (b) secondary school should remain open in a rural area when there is in excess of 10 per cent. surplus spaces; and if he will make a statement.
(185026)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
27
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what work the Social Exclusion Taskforce has carried out into tackling social exclusion among older people; and what further work it has planned on this issue.
(184813)
28
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what definition of multiple exclusion the Government uses; and what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of (a) working age and (b) older people who meet this definition.
(184814)
29
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of those defined as socially excluded who are (a) children, (b) adults under state pension age and (c) adults over state pension age.
(184815)
30
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, which Ministers have been responsible for social exclusion policy since 1997, broken down by Department.
(184816)
31
N
Greg Mulholland (Leeds North West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the budget was for the work of the Social Exclusion Unit and the Social Exclusion Taskforce for each year since 1997; and what the planned budget is for each year covered by the 2007 to 2011 Comprehensive Spending Review.
(184817)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
32
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what measures are in place to prevent conflicts of interest arising following meetings and other contacts between her Ministers and officials and representatives of housebuilding companies seeking to build eco towns; and if she will make a statement.
(184932)
33
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what meetings and other contacts have taken place between representatives of Eagle Star and her Ministers and officials in relation to eco towns over the course of the last 12 months; and if she will make a statement.
(184933)
34
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much funding has been allocated to local authorities under the extended Bellwin formula to provide 100 per cent. of the eligible costs arising from the floods in summer 2007; and if she will make a statement.
(185113)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
35
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, with reference to the Answer of 16th July 2007, Official Report, column 38W, on departmental studies, when he will place in the Library copies of (a) assessing the readiness of the social housing sector for digital switchover, (b) governance of non-departmental government bodies, (c) the casino impacts scoping study, (d) sport's contribution to achieving wider social benefits, (e) measuring elasticity of tourism demand, (f) international dimension of the creative economy, (g) exploring creative industry spillovers, (h) the review of performance indicator framework for national museums and galleries and (i) culture on demand.
(185029)
36
N
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the role of the Chair of the World Collections Programme will be in decisions relating to requests from foreign governments and cultural institutions for the restitution of artefacts held by British museums.
(184405)
37
N
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, which Government ministers or other departmental appointees hold responsibilities for decisions relating to requests from foreign (a) governments and (b) cultural institutions relating to artefacts in the collections of British museums.
(184406)
38
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will visit Wicksteed Park in Kettering to discuss with the Wicksteed Trust how his Department might assist the promotion and development of the UK's first leisure park for the benefit of the local and wider community.
(184810)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
39
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans his Department has to provide a new swimming pool at Defence Medical Service Rehabilitation Centre at Headley Court.
(184924)
40
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 28th January 2008, Official Report, columns 33-4W, on departmental assets, which assets of his Department in (a) the UK and (b) abroad have been sold since 2000; what the (i) sale completion date and (ii) price realised was for each; what proportion of receipts from each sale was retained by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(185015)
41
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he will answer Question 170212 tabled by the hon. Member for Portsmouth South on 29th November 2007.
(185016)
42
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 21st January 2008, Official Report, column 1589W, on departmental marketing, what the dimensions are of the display boards in his Department's London buildings.
(185021)
43
N
Mr Denis MacShane (Rotherham): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what contribution the UK is making to EU military operations in Chad.
(184923)
44
N
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of infantry recruits did not complete their training at Infantry Training Centre, Catterick in each of the last five years.
(185004)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
45
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, why the publication of the Government's strategy on the management of wild boar has been delayed; and if he will make a statement.
(184678)
46
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he will publish the Government's strategy on the management of wild boar.
(184679)
47
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the risk that uncontrolled wild boar pose to (a) lives and (b) property.
(184680)
48
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the level of public support for country of origin food labelling.
(184812)
49
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much and what proportion of the expected costs of animal disease and welfare will fall upon the (a) public purse and (b) farmers under cost-sharing arrangements for each year of the comprehensive spending review period.
(183500)
50
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether estimated savings in 2010-11 from cost-sharing in relation to animal disease and welfare include income from levies imposed on the farming industry for the control of exotic diseases.
(183501)
51
N
Mr James Paice (South East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, on what financial basis and assumptions an annual saving of £121 million by 2011 from cost-sharing for animal disease control and welfare was calculated.
(183502)
52
Jim Sheridan (Paisley and Renfrewshire North): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many prosecutions have been brought under the provisions of the Gangmasters (Licensing) Act 2004 in the last 12 months.
(185037)
53
N
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the value of assets (a) dependent in 2008 and (b) which will be dependent in 2028 on the retention and maintenance of existing sea defences between Pagham and East Head.
(184826)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
54
N
Andrew George (St Ives): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what objectives he has set for the UK's participation in the Norwegian initiative on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
(184404)
55
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent progress has been made towards securing agreement of a treaty banning the production of fissile material for nuclear weapons and other nuclear explosive devices; and if he will make a statement.
(185076)
56
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what EU sanctions the UK is proposing should be imposed on (a) the Iranian financial sector and (b) investment in Iranian oil and gas as set out in the Prime Minister's speech at the Lord Mayor's Banquet on 12th November 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(185077)
57
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the UK objectives are for the second meeting of the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Review Conference of the parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons.
(185078)
58
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what progress has been made in securing international agreement to an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) administered mechanism for reliable access to nuclear fuel since it was presented to the IAEA Board of Governors' meeting, 12th to 15th June 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(185079)
59
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the progress of EU member states in implementing effective export, transit, transshipment and re-export controls, including appropriate laws and regulations in relation to counter-proliferation, as called for in EU Council Common Position 2005/329/PESC of 25th April 2005.
(185080)
60
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the reasons for the failure of the 2005 Non Proliferation Treaty Review Conference to agree a final document.
(185081)
61
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment his Department has made of the adequacy of electricity supply into Gaza; and if he will make a statement.
(185082)
62
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what meetings are planned between EU High Representative Javier Solana and Iranian government representatives on Iran's nuclear programme; and if he will make a statement.
(185083)
63
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the composition and role of the EU border monitoring mission at Rafah is; and whether changes are planned to that role following recent breaches of the border crossing from Gaza.
(185084)
64
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps the UK is taking in preparation for the 2010 Non Proliferation Review Conference on the adoption of measures governing withdrawal from the Non Proliferation Treaty; and if he will make a statement.
(185085)
65
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when he next plans to discuss the proposal for an International Atomic Energy Agency-administered mechanism for reliable access to nuclear fuel with his (a) US, (b) EU and (c) UN Security Council counterparts; and if he will make a statement.
(185105)
66
Mr William Hague (Richmond (Yorks)): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what his policy is on whether the EU Common Position on Iran should include new sanctions.
(185128)
67
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 Bangladesh on its treatment of trade unionists, with particular reference to Mehedi Hasan; and if he will make a statement.
(185017)
68
Andrew Rosindell (Romford): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much revenue the issuing of fishing licences to foreign vessels generated for the Falkland Islands in each year for which figures are available.
(185022)
69
N
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his Italian counterpart in his capacity under Italy's role as lead nation for justice reform in Afghanistan on the recent death sentence handed down to Sayed Pervez Kambaksh in Afghanistan.
(184827)
70
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on the order of procedure to be followed when the heads of government and the President of the European Council attend the same function; and if he will make a statement.
(184448)
71
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what estimate he has made of the staff complement required by the proposed European external action service, broken down by grade; and what estimate he has made of the organisation's likely total annual salary costs.
(184449)
72
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) assessment he has made of and (b) representations he has received on the duties and responsibilities of the proposed European external action service.
(184450)
73
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what (a) representations and (b) discussions he has had on a solidarity clause on mutual assistance between EU member states in the event of terrorist attacks or natural disasters; and if he will make a statement.
(184453)
74
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many Iraqi locally-employed staff were granted asylum in 2007; and how many he expects to be granted asylum in 2008.
(185043)
75
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what procedures there are for processing asylum applications from locally-employed staff in Afghanistan.
(185044)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
76
Janet Anderson (Rossendale & Darwen): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had with the North West Strategic Health Authority on the bid from the East Lancashire Primary Care Trust for funding for a health hub in Rossendale.
(185028)
77
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much funding his Department provided to people with disabilities to assist them with learning to use computers in each year since 2001.
(185040)
78
N
Mr Tobias Ellwood (Bournemouth East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will seek to estimate the impact of the entry into force of the Licensing Act 2003 has had on numbers of admissions to hospital accident and emergency departments.
(184927)
79
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Old Bexley and Sidcup on 14th January 2008, Official Report, column 1029W, on NHS: KPMG, when he expects to be in a position to publish the report by KPMG on the financial viability of the four acute hospital trusts in outer South East London.
(185023)
80
N
Stephen Hammond (Wimbledon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many chief executives of primary care trusts (PCT) received recruitment and retention premia of 30 per cent. of salary in (a) 2007-08 and (b) 2005-06; what definition he uses of additional duties of a PCT chief executive; how many PCT chief executives received additional duties payment in (i) 2007-08 and (ii) 2005-06; and whether chief executives of PCTs were paid bonuses other than recruitment and retention payments or additional duties payments in (A) 2007-08 and (B) 2005-06.
(184934)
81
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, by what date primary care trusts are expected to have published their annual prospectuses, including their local vision for maternity services under the Maternity Matters strategy.
(185018)
82
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when all frontline staff in mental health and learning disability services will have received Promoting Safer and Therapeutic Services training in conflict resolution.
(185019)
83
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many fully qualified midwives were employed by Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in each quarterly period since 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(184444)
84
N
Mr Edward Leigh (Gainsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many contracts his Department has awarded to the joint venture Dr Foster Intelligence; and what their value is.
(184145)
85
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he and his Ministerial colleagues have to hold discussions with stakeholders on the implementation of the Health Protection Agency's advice to Government on the SAGE First Interim Assessment on power lines and property, wiring in homes and electrical equipment in homes.
(185059)
86
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps have been taken since 27th November 2007 to implement the Health Protection Agency's guidance to Government on the SAGE First Interim Assessment on power lines and property, wiring in homes and electrical equipment in homes; and if he will make a statement.
(185060)
87
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the timing of the current round of consultation on the SAGE First Interim Assessment on power lines and property, wiring in homes, and electrical equipment in homes is; and if he will make a statement.
(185072)
88
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) meetings and (b) other contacts there have been between officials from his Department and other Departments and devolved administrations on the implementation of the Health Protection Agency's guidance to Government on the SAGE First Interim Assessment on power lines and property, wiring in homes, and electrical equipment in homes.
(185090)
89
N
Mr Malcolm Moss (North East Cambridgeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will commission research on the link between (a) the mercury content of amalgams and (b) the thiomersal content of some inoculations and progressive neurodegenerative diseases.
(184627)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
90
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from (a) Cyprus, (b) the Czech Republic, (c) Estonia, (d) Hungary, (e) Latvia, (f) Lithuania, (g) Malta, (h) Poland, (i) Slovakia and (j) Slovenia held UK working visas on 1st May 2004, broken down by type of visa; and what guidance is provided to such people on steps they are required to take once their visas have expired if they want to keep working in the UK.
(185108)
91
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance her Department provided to employers on the legal implications of employing individuals from member states who joined the EU on 1st May 2004.
(185109)
92
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from (a) Cyprus, (b) the Czech Republic, (c) Estonia, (d) Hungary, (e) Latvia, (f) Lithuania, (g) Malta, (h) Poland, (i) Slovakia and (j) Slovenia were issued with work permits in each month since 1st May 2004.
(185110)
93
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people from (a) Cyprus, (b) the Czech Republic, (c) Estonia, (d) Hungary, (e) Latvia, (f) Lithuania, (g) Malta, (h) Poland, (i) Slovakia and (j) Slovenia have left the Worker Registration Scheme having worked in the UK continuously for 12 months.
(185111)
94
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the cost of cybercrime to the UK economy in the last five years.
(185056)
95
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) full-time and (b) part-time staff her Department employs to deal with cybercrime.
(185057)
96
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many illegal immigrants have been detained at each of the UK's ports in the last 10 years.
(185058)
97
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of enforcing section 8 of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996 in each year since 1997.
(185086)
98
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many failed asylum seekers had their benefits withdrawn under section 9 of the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants, etc.) Act 2004 in each year since it came into force.
(185087)
99
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many information technology projects have been initiated by her Department since 1997; and what the cost of each has been.
(185088)
100
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Prime Minister's Statement of 14th November 2007, Official Report, column 670, on national security, on the establishment of a new unit bringing together police and security intelligence and research, what estimate has been made of the cost of the unit; whether it will replace the Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre; and what steps have been taken in the establishment of the unit to date.
(185107)
101
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many full-time police officers, excluding police community support officers, there were in the Northern Division of Cambridgeshire Constabulary in each quarterly period since 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(184445)
102
N
Mr Robert Syms (Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what level of fine has been levied on individuals and companies for carrying illegal immigrants through the Port of Poole in the last five years.
(184676)
103
N
Mr Robert Syms (Poole): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) individuals and (b) companies have been fined for carrying illegal immigrants through the Port of Poole in the last five years.
(184677)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
104
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps his Department takes to ensure that aid to the Palestinian territories is not used to fund propaganda against the West and Israel.
(185027)
105
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government has taken to assist developing countries to modernise their energy sectors in the last five years.
(184823)
106
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government has taken to assist Sierra Leone in developing its economy in the last five years.
(184824)
107
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, when he expects to answer the letter to him dated 21st December 2007, from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mrs S. Smith.
(185052)
108
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what assessment he has made of the end-use of UK aid to the Palestinian Authority in respect of books and educational materials used in schools; and if he will make a statement.
(184569)
109
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much UK development funding was given to Yemen in 2007; on what dates funding was provided; what plans there are to fund development projects in Yemen in 2008; on what dates that funding will be provided; and what plans there are for the funding of development projects in Yemen in the 10 years after 2008.
(185042)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
110
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government has taken to ensure Coal Health Compensation Schemes are being effectively dealt with.
(183442)
111
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government has taken in relation to solicitors and third parties who have billed clients claiming under the Coal Health Compensation Scheme.
(183443)
112
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps the Government plans to take to address prison overcrowding in each of the next three years.
(184825)
113
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many staff are employed in the National Offender Management Service in Wales; and how many will be employed in the new structures (a) one month, (b) six months and (c) 12 months after the restructuring to be implemented on 1st April.
(184935)
114
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what estimate he has made of the effect on costs of the Probation Service in Wales of the structural changes to be implemented on 1st April.
(184936)
115
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what steps he has taken to make available adequate resources for the Probation Service in Wales to implement the structural changes on 1st April.
(184937)
116
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the effect on costs of the merger of the offices of the Regional Offender Manager and the Area Prison Manager in Wales is estimated to be.
(184938)
117
N
Mrs Cheryl Gillan (Chesham & Amersham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many offenders who come from Wales are in prison; and how many are the subject of community penalties.
(184939)
118
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will consider introducing procedures to improve the accountability of the magistracy for decisions to grant bail to defendants who then commit further crimes while on bail.
(184811)
119
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects to answer the letter to him dated 18th December 2007, from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Mr Paul Lang.
(185053)
120
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he expects to answer the letter to him dated 17th December 2007, from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Gerard Meredith.
(185055)
121
N
Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what measures have been taken at Thorn Cross young offenders institute to focus inmates on (a) addressing offending behaviour, (b) developing self discipline, (c) contributing positively to the community and (d) developing vocational skills amongst (i) juvenile inmates and (ii) inmates above the age of 18.
(184818)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
122
N
Mr Philip Hollobone (Kettering): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what involvement the London Fire Brigade has in the design and construction of Olympic facilities.
(184809)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
123
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Taunton of 28th January, Official Report, column 42W, on concessionary bus travel, how much local authorities contributed to the scheme in each year since 2005, broken down by local authority area.
(184931)
124
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent research her Department has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the effects of aircraft (i) air pollution and (ii) noise on populations underneath a flight path.
(185020)
125
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons the decision was taken to increase the number of flights flying over Felixstowe; and what factors were taken into consideration before making the decision.
(185030)
126
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the likely effect of expansion of (a) Heathrow and (b) Stansted airport on the height at which planes fly over Suffolk.
(185031)
127
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, who took the decision to increase the number of flights over the Felixstowe peninsula and A12 corridor into Essex.
(185032)
128
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what maximum number of planes per day is permitted to use the flight corridors over the Felixstowe, Walton, Trimley, Kirton area and the Suffolk coast.
(185033)
129
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what account is taken of the effect on communities living under flight paths when taking decisions on the number of planes flying on those routes.
(185034)
130
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will bring forward proposals to reduce the number of planes flying over Felixstowe.
(185035)
131
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, which authorities are responsible for (a) measuring and (b) enforcing limits on aircraft noise.
(185036)
132
Mr John Gummer (Suffolk Coastal): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many commercial aeroplanes flew over Suffolk (a) in the last 12 months and (b) on each day of the last 12 months for which figures are available.
(185041)
133
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Written Ministerial Statement of 30th January 2008, Official Report, columns 18-20WS, on rolling stock, what the timetable is for (a) production and (b) the allocation to the train operating companies of the additional units; and if she will ensure that the introduction of new rolling stock improves passenger comfort, with particular reference to the Portsmouth Mainline Express service using Desiro 440 units; and if she will make a statement.
(185012)
134
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will consider harmonising motorway speed limits in England with those on equivalent roads in France and Germany; and if she will make a statement.
(184400)
135
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what plans she has to conduct a public consultation on proposals to revise legislation on drinking and driving.
(184401)
136
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what reasons have been identified for the recent disruptions of railway services between Hebdon Bridge and Wakefield in the vicinity of Elland; what estimate she has made of the cost of bringing services back to normal; how long such repairs are likely to take; what steps she is taking to reduce the risk of similar disruptions in the future; and if she will make a statement.
(184402)
137
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment her Department has made of the environmental impact of allowing trucks of over 60 tonnes on the roads; and if she will make a statement.
(178650)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
138
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was paid in bonus payments to staff at the Child Support Agency in each year since 2001.
(185073)
139
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 reach state pension age in each year until 2050.
(185091)
140
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 be entitled to the basic state pension in each year until 2050.
(185092)
141
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number and proportion of pensioners who will be living (a) alone and (b) with a partner in each year until 2050.
(185093)
142
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number and proportion of women over state pension age who will not be entitled to the full basic state pension in each year until 2050.
(185094)
143
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the cost of paying state second pension entitlements in each year until 2050; and how many and what proportion of pensioners he estimates will receive payments in each of those years.
(185095)
144
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the cost of paying state earnings related pension entitlements in each year until 2050; and how many and what proportion of pensioners he estimates will receive payments in each of those years.
(185096)
145
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the cost of paying the savings credit element of pension credit in each year until 2050; and how many and what proportion of pensioners he estimates will receive savings credit in each of those years.
(185097)
146
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the cost of paying the guarantee credit element of pension credit in each year until 2050; and how many and what proportion of pensioners he estimates will receive guarantee credit in each of those years.
(185098)
147
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the cost of paying housing benefit to people over the state pension age in each year until 2050; and how many and what proportion of pensioners he estimates will receive housing benefit in each of those years.
(185114)
148
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the cost of paying council tax benefit to people over the state pension age in each year until 2050; and how many and what proportion of pensioners he estimates will receive council tax benefit in each of those years.
(185115)
149
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number and proportion of pensioners who on retirement will have access to private savings in each year until 2050; and what his estimate is of the average amount of savings such pensioners will have.
(185116)
150
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number and proportion of pensioners who will have on retirement private savings and still be eligible for the guarantee credit element of pension credit in each year until 2050; and what average amount of savings he estimates such pensioners will have.
(185117)
151
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number and proportion of pensioners who will have on retirement private savings and still be eligible for the savings credit element of pension credit in each year until 2050; and what average amount of savings he estimates such pensioners will have.
(185118)
152
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what proportion of child support cases had maintenance outstanding for periods of (a) zero to six weeks, (b) six to 12 weeks, (c) 12 weeks to six months, (d) six to nine months, (d) nine to 12 months and (e) over 12 months in each of the last 10 years; and how many and what proportion of these received payments from the Child Support Agency outside normal maintenance payments, broken down by type of payment.
(185119)
153
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many and what proportion of all current Child Support Agency cases have (a) been subject to maladministration, (b) had incorrect maintenance calculations and (c) arrears outstanding; and what proportion of cases are subject to (i) (a) and (b) above, (ii) (a) and (c) above, (iii) (b) and (c) above and (iv) all three conditions above.
(185120)
154
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, in what number and proportion of cases with arrears outstanding the Child Support Agency is taking enforcement action, broken down by type of action being taken.
(185121)
155
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the staffing cost of each staff grade of the Child Support Agency was in each of the last 10 years.
(185123)
156
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the average salary paid to Child Support Agency staff was in each of the last 10 years.
(185124)
157
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was paid by the Child Support Agency to families outside maintenance payments in each of the last 10 years, broken down by type of payment.
(185125)
158
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much was outstanding in child maintenance arrears at the Child Support Agency in each of the last 10 years.
(185126)
159
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the running costs of the Child Support Agency were in each of the last 10 years.
(185127)
160
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number and proportion of pensioners who will have on retirement private savings and still be eligible for housing benefit in each year until 2050; and what average amount of savings he estimates such pensioners will have.
(185129)
161
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number and proportion of pensioners who will have on retirement private savings and still be eligible for council tax benefit in each year until 2050; and what average amount of savings he estimates such pensioners will have.
(185130)
162
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his estimate is of the number and proportion of pensioners who will have (a) an occupational pension scheme in payment and (b) a private pension scheme in payment in each year until 2050; and what his estimate is of the average weekly sum pensioners will receive from each type of scheme.
(185131)
163
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much funding his Department has provided to people with disabilities to assist them with learning to use computers in each year since 2001.
(185039)
164
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many employment tribunals with (a) three members, (b) two members and (c) one member adjudicating sat in each of the last five years.
(184574)
165
John Hemming (Birmingham, Yardley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many applicants for jobseekers allowance have received payments reduced by 20 per cent. whilst undertaking appeals; and if he will estimate the effect on the public purse of these reductions.
(185014)
166
Sir Gerald Kaufman (Manchester, Gorton): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer the letter to his predecessor dated 21st December 2007, from the right hon. Member for Manchester, Gorton with regard to Ms N. Mubarak.
(185054)
167
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many backdating claims on the grounds of good cause were awarded for periods longer than three months for (a) housing benefit, (b) council tax benefit and (c) pension credit in each of the last five years, broken down by region; what proportion of total claims for each benefit they represented in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(184451)
168
N
Paul Rowen (Rochdale): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) total cost to his Department and (b) average payment to claimants was of backdating claims on grounds of good cause that were awarded for periods longer than three months for (i) housing benefit, (ii) council tax benefit and (iii) pension credit in each of the last five years.
(184452)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
169
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent representations he has received on changes to the role of lay members sitting on employment tribunals.
[Transferred] (184572)
170
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the number of employment tribunals with (a) three members, (b) two members and (c) one member adjudicating which will sit each year should the provisions of the Employment (Simplification) Bill be enacted.
[Transferred] (184573)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
171
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Bassetlaw of 15th January 2008, Official Report, column 1145W, on alcoholic drinks: misuse, when the independent review will begin; who will carry it out; and which Government department will have lead responsibility for it.
[Transferred] (185013)
172
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many meetings he had with representatives from supermarkets where alcohol price, promotion and harm were discussed in the last 12 months.
[Transferred] (185075)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
173
Keith Vaz (Leicester East): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Afghan nationals were granted asylum in (a) 2007 and (b) each of the 10 previous years.
[Transferred] (185045)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
174
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, which provisions of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 have yet to come into force; and when he expects each to come into force.
[Transferred] (185089)
Questions to the Prime Minister
175
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Prime Minister, with reference to his statement of 25th July 2007, Official Report, column 841, on national security, what progress has been made on the separation of the position of Chairman of the Joint Intelligence Committee from Policy Adviser to the Government.
[Transferred] (185106)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
176
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people from (a) Cyprus, (b) the Czech Republic, (c) Estonia, (d) Hungary, (e) Latvia, (f) Lithuania, (g) Malta, (h) Poland, (i) Slovakia and (j) Slovenia claimed benefits for the first time in each month since 1st May 2004.
[Transferred] (185112)

 
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