House of Commons portcullis
House of Commons
Session 2007 - 08
Publications on the internet
The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 28 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 Thursday 28 February 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 28 February 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 28 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 Thursday 28 February of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 28 February see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assistance his Department provides to businesses from the Isle of Man wishing to (a) invest in the United Kingdom and (b) take part in joint ventures with UK companies; how much was made available for these purposes in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(190788)
2
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the value of (a) UK investment in Taiwan and (b) Taiwan's investment in the UK was in each year since 1997; what steps he (i) has taken and (ii) plans to take to increase (A) trade and (B) joint ventures between the UK and Taiwan; and if he will make a statement.
(190789)
3
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.
(190686)
4
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he plans to produce figures for levels of fuel poverty in London and London boroughs for (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006 and (d) 2007.
(190524)
5
N
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the value of hospitality provided to senior civil servants in the Nuclear Consultations and Liabilities Unit was in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.
(190266)
6
N
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what guidelines his Department issues to its senior civil servants on the receipt of hospitality during public consultations run by his Department.
(190267)
7
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will require the implementation of heat capture mechanisms at the proposed Kingsnorth power station; and what consideration has been given to the alternative siting of the power station to improve heat capture options.
(190446)
8
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what assessment he has made of likely implications of spending on the proposed new power plant at Kingsnorth on the market for renewable electricity.
(190447)
9
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will commission a strategic environmental assessment of the policy framework for consenting to new coal-fired power stations to be (a) carried out and (b) published.
(190597)
10
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will require (a) EON to capture carbon at the proposed Kingsnorth power station and (b) the proposed Kingsnorth plant to be capture ready.
(190598)
11
Colin Challen (Morley & Rothwell): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what technical requirements for (a) preparation of flue gas for capture process, (b) capture of carbon post-combustion, (d) disposal of wastes from the process, (d) compression of carbon dioxide, (e) transport of carbon dioxide infrastructure and provision, (f) injection of carbon dioxide, (g) identification and provision of storage site and (h) monitoring of storage facility will form the basis of capture readiness of the proposed Kingsnorth power plant.
(190599)
12
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many discrimination cases were heard by employment tribunals, broken down by the type of discrimination, in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(190504)
13
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he will answer (a) Question 173134, tabled on 6th December 2007 and (b) Question 175767, on telephone contact centres, tabled on 17th December 2007 by the hon. Member for Falmouth and Camborne.
(190877)
14
Mr Brian Jenkins (Tamworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what arrangements there are for the allocation to spending areas of revenue from fines imposed by those industry regulators for which his Department is responsible.
(190551)
15
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what penalties and further obligations have been imposed on organisations or individuals who have been successfully prosecuted under the (a) Data Protection Act 1998 and (b) Computer Misuse Act 1990 over the last 12 months.
(190696)
16
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many successful prosecutions there have been for breaches of the (a) Data Protection Act 1998 and (b) Computer Misuse Act 1990 over the last 12 months.
(190697)
17
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when the last accounts were (a) due from and (b) filed at Companies House by INTO University Partnerships Limited and its subsidiaries.
(190859)
18
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what his policy is on the use of imperial weights and measures; and if he will make a statement.
(190480)
19
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what his policy is on reducing the burden of regulation for small and medium-sized companies; and what regional considerations apply.
(190495)
20
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many post offices have closed in Castle Point over the last 10 years; and when a further review of post offices in Castle Point will be undertaken.
(190496)
21
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent discussions he has had with his counterparts in the European Union on subsidising post offices to minimise closures; and if he will make a statement.
(190497)
22
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what criteria will be used in deciding which post offices will be closed following the current review.
(190498)
23
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Department for Work and Pensions on (a) numbers and (b) training of the local workforce in relation to the development of the (i) Oikos and (ii) Calor Gas Canvey Island site for (A) biodiesel and glycerine and (B) LNG transfer, processing and storage.
(190502)
24
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what recent representations he has received on (a) EU directives and (b) domestic legislation on imperial measures and imperial measuring equipment; and if he will make a statement.
(190708)
25
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which private finance initiative projects were approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years; and what the (a) value and (b) start date was of each.
(190753)
26
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps he is taking on the effective disclosure by gas and electricity suppliers of complaints handling data to the National Consumer Council; and if he will make a statement.
(190481)
27
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, if he will take steps to ensure that the forthcoming complaint handling standards set by Ofgem contain provision for energy companies' complaints data will be subject to regular independent verification; and if he will make a statement.
(190482)
28
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what steps he is taking to ensure that the gas and electricity complaint handling standards being formulated by Ofgem set levels of performance that will improve protection for consumers; and if he will make a statement.
(190483)
29
Mr Mark Todd (South Derbyshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what representations he has received on the implications of proposals in the childcare reimbursement element of his Department's response to consultation on the national minimum wage and voluntary workers for volunteering and the capacity of voluntary bodies.
(190825)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
30
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 21st February 2008, Official Report, column 1020W, on Now Let's Talk Money, what funding his Department plans to provide to the campaign in each year from 2008-09 onwards.
(190205)
31
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what funding he has (a) given and (b) plans to give to local authorities to enforce section 107A of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; what (i) discussions he has had and (ii) representations he has received on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
(190782)
32
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HM Revenue and Customs officers are trained in Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species-related issues; how many were trained in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(190783)
33
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the environmental consequences of levying vehicle excise duty based on a sliding scale of emissions.
(190561)
34
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.
(190672)
35
Lorely Burt (Solihull): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was paid by the licensed bingo industry in value-added tax in 2007.
(190550)
36
Dr Vincent Cable (Twickenham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate (a) the Government Actuary and (b) his Department has made of the impact on longevity of percentage changes, in the winter or summer mean temperature.
(190820)
37
N
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many HM Revenue and Customs personnel were on duty at (a) Belfast International, (b) Belfast City and (c) Londonderry Airport on a routine basis during 2007.
(190080)
38
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what change there was in the number of employees of (a) his Department and (b) each of its agencies and public bodies in (i) 2004-05, (ii) 2005-06 and (iii) 2006-07; and what percentage of the total change was accounted for by changes in each region and county.
(190818)
39
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many deaths there were with an alocohol-related underlying cause in (a) the North East, broken down by local authority area, and (b) the UK, broken down by (i) region and (ii) country in (A) 2004, (B) 2005, (C) 2006 and (D) 2007; and what the death rate per head of population from alcohol-related causes was in each case.
(190819)
40
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will consider bringing the proposed link with earnings for pensions forward in preparing for his forthcoming budget.
(190667)
41
Mr David Crausby (Bolton North East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will give consideration to increasing the winter fuel allowance for pensioners in preparing for the forthcoming budget.
(190693)
42
Mr Andrew Dismore (Hendon): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what representations he has received from bingo clubs in Hendon constituency on the impact of liability of bingo clubs to both value-added tax and gross profits tax.
(190556)
43
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what corporate social responsibility standards Northern Rock will adopt while in temporary public ownership.
(190549)
44
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent on public awareness media advertising in the last 12 months.
(190644)
45
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether Northern Rock's Denmark subsidiary, Northern Rock Bank Danmark filial is subject to orders made under the Banking (Special Provisions) Act 2008.
(190417)
46
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consideration he has given to the future of Northern Rock's Denmark subsidiary, Northern Rock Bank Danmark filial; and if he will make a statement.
(190418)
47
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many depositors there are at Northern Rock Bank Danmark filial; and what the value of its assets is.
(190419)
48
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on Northern Rock's approach to foreign exchange risk resulting from its deposits denominated in Danish Kroner.
(190420)
49
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make a statement on the extent and scope of his responsibilities and accountability to Parliament in relation to the activity of Northern Rock once the team responsible for day-to-day management of the bank under temporary public ownership of the bank is in place; what guidance he has issued to the Northern Rock management team on responding to correspondence from hon. Members; and on what matters relating to the policy, administration and operations of Northern Rock he will (a) answer parliamentary Questions and (b) refer such Questions to the Chief Executive of Northern Rock to respond (i) by a letter published in an Answer in the Official Report and (ii) directly to hon. Members.
(190568)
50
Mr Greg Hands (Hammersmith & Fulham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, who amongst his Ministerial team has lead responsibility for Northern Rock while in temporary public ownership; if he will take steps to provide for the answering of oral Questions by that Minister on Northern Rock under arrangements equivalent to those established for the Minister for the Olympics; and if he will make a statement.
(190569)
51
N
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the introduction of a single rate of capital gains tax on (a) mutual funds and (b) insurance bonds before 9th October 2007.
(190165)
52
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the total value of incorrectly awarded tax credits was in each of the last 10 years.
(190583)
53
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the fairness of the tax regime applying to bingo as compared with that which applies to other forms of gambling.
(190830)
54
Mr David Marshall (Glasgow East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what advice his Department has received on the similarities between the taxation of bingo played in licensed clubs and the tax treatment of player-to-player poker in casinos.
(190728)
55
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what information his Department collects on the offshore activities of UK banks; and if he will make a statement.
(190829)
56
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 7th January 2008, Official Report, column 340W, on the Sandstorm report, what plans he has to publish the Sandstorm report.
(190832)
57
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, which (a) individuals and (b) governmental and non-governmental organisations have been provided access to part of the Sandstorm report.
(190833)
58
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will make it his policy to make charity text donations VAT free.
(190056)
59
Mr John Redwood (Wokingham): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many self-employed people were late in registering their national insurance contributions with Her Majesty's Revenue and Customs in each of the last five years; how many of those (a) received and (b) were given an exemption from paying a fine; and what the reason for granting an exemption was in each case.
(190586)
60
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the reasons were for the on-line tax filing self-assessment service being out of action on 31st January.
(189891)
61
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on how many occasions and for what length of time the online tax filing service has been out of operation in the last six months.
(189892)
62
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what steps have been taken to rectify the problems with the online tax self-assessment system which occurred at the end of January.
(189893)
63
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will visit a bingo club in Castle Point constituency to discuss the effects of bingo club closures on (a) employment and (b) Exchequer revenues; and if he will make a statement.
(190422)
64
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many vehicles were seized on entry to the UK for exceeding importation allowances in the last five years; what proportion of such vehicles was (a) not owned by one of those occupying the vehicle at the point of seizure and (b) returned to the owner after seizure; and if he will make a statement.
(190425)
65
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will reclassify suncare products as essential healthcare items for value-added tax purposes; and if he will make a statement.
(190507)
66
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) value and (b) start date was of each private finance initiative project approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years.
(190809)
67
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much gold bullion the Government sold in each of the last 15 years; and what the average sum received per kilogram was in each year.
(190828)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
68
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children at key stage one in Nottingham were taught in classes of 31 or more in (a) 1997 and (b) 2007.
(190595)
69
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.
(190761)
70
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government has taken to develop chidren's artistic and creative skills since 1997.
(189142)
71
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps the Government has taken to encourage more schools in the West Midlands to achieve specialist status.
(189143)
72
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, pursuant to the Answer to the hon. Member for Yeovil of 21st February 2008, Official Report, columns 849-51W, on extended schools, what the equivalent data is for the Wirral.
(190031)
73
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects to answer Question 166535, on telephone contact centres, tabled on 15th November 2007 by the hon. Member for Falmouth and Camborne.
(190896)
74
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects to answer Question 173128, on user survey research, tabled on 6th December 2007 by the hon. Member for Falmouth and Camborne.
(190897)
75
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what response he plans to make to paragraphs 69 and 70 of the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief's report of her mission to the UK (A/HRC/7/10/Add.3).
(190522)
76
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to the Answer of 8th October 2007 to the hon. Member for Reading East, Official Report, column 406W on schools, how many non-maintained schools have been opened in each year since 1997, broken down by local education authority.
(190698)
77
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to the Answer to the hon. Member for Reading East of 8th October 2007, Official Report, column 406W, on schools, how many maintained schools there were in each local education authority at the end of each year since 1997; what the capacity in terms of pupil numbers was in each case; and what the actual number of pupils was in each year.
(190752)
78
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he will answer parliamentary Question: (a) 17956 tabled on 14th November 2007, (b) 176819 tabled on 18th December 2007, (c) 174262 174261 and (d) 174260 tabled on 11th December 2007, (e) 173245 tabled on 6th December 2007, (f) 172551 tabled on 4th December 2007, (g) 172102 tabled on 3rd December 2007, (h) 170786 tabled on 28th November 2007, (i) 169794 tabled on 27th November 2007, (j) 165755 tabled on 14th November 2007, (k) 163325, 163541 163208 and 163099 tabled on 7th November 2007 by the hon. Member for Yeovil; and what the reason is for the time taken in answering them.
(190853)
79
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many agency teachers were employed in each of the last three years, broken down by local education authority; and how much each such authority spent (a) in each year and (b) per agency teacher in each such year.
(190443)
80
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when the first additional risk assessment recommended by Deloitte in its security review of ContactPoint will be completed; and whether the full report will be made public.
(190734)
81
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how frequently ongoing security risk assessments of ContactPoint, as recommended by Deloitte, will be conducted; and whether each report will be made public in full.
(190735)
82
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, on what date the decision was made not to publish a summary of Deloitte's review of the security of ContactPoint.
(190736)
83
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether the summary of Deloitte's review of the security of ContactPoint placed in the Library on 21st February 2008 includes reference to each recommendation made by Deloitte in the full report.
(190737)
84
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects the ContactPoint database to become fully operational.
(190738)
85
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment has been made of the (a) time, (b) manpower and (c) expenditure that will be required to implement in full the recommendations made by Deloitte in its security review of ContactPoint.
(190739)
86
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether (a) Deloitte and (b) another organisation will be commissioned to undertake a further security review of ContactPoint.
(190740)
87
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when the ContactPoint user acceptance test referred to in the Written Statement of 21st February 2008, Official Report, columns 55-8WS, on ContactPoint, will be undertaken; and what use will be made of the results.
(190741)
88
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, on what occasions ContactPoint will require (a) hard and (b) electronic data.
(190742)
89
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what arrangements he has made for (a) independent accreditation and (b) ongoing monitoring of security procedures within organisations which have access to ContactPoint.
(190743)
90
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many meetings his Department's Chief Information Officer had with officials in other Government departments and agencies as part of Government-wide initiatives on data security in the last 12 months.
(190744)
91
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what procedures will be put in place to ensure that all organisations accessing the ContactPoint database are aware of their responsibilities on security; what auditing will take place to ensure compliance; and if he will make a statement.
(190745)
92
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what work has been undertaken to establish the level of risk of security breaches occurring in the ContactPoint database; and if he will make a statement.
(190746)
93
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what level of security risk his Department has determined as acceptable for ContactPoint.
(190747)
94
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans there are to review the role of self-certification as referred to in the Written Statement of 21st February 2008, Official Report, columns 55-58WS, on ContactPoint; and if he will make a statement.
(190748)
95
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans he has to monitor compliance with self-certification procedures among organisations connecting to ContactPoint; and how this will be funded.
(190749)
96
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what plans there are to upgrade the security of ContactPoint following Deloitte's security review.
(190750)
97
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what (a) security, (b) auditing and (c) other procedures will be followed when a ContactPoint user wants to gain access to a Common Assessment Framework assessment for a particular child.
(190751)
98
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what private finance initiative projects were approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years; and what the (a) value and (b) start date was of each.
(190834)
99
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many teachers in Yorkshire and the Humber have left the profession within (a) one year, (b) five years and (c) 10 years of completing their qualified teacher status induction period since its inception; and if he will make a statement.
(190805)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
100
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate he has made of the proportion of contracts awarded to third sector organisations that provide public services in Leyton and Wanstead that are three-year contracts; and what change there has been in this proportion over the last five years.
(190631)
101
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what changes will be made to his Department's Manual of Protective Security in light of the security recommendations made by Deloitte as part of their review of the ContactPoint database published on 21st February.
(190729)
102
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what (a) (i) procedures and (ii) guidance his Department has provided and (b) recommendations his Department has made across Government on the secure disposal of electronic and hard copy media by Government departments and agencies; and if he will make a statement.
(190730)
103
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what guidance his Department provides to Government departments wishing to undertake a risk assessment of the security of new and existing IT systems; what obligations there are on Government departments to follow that guidance; and if he will make a statement.
(190731)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
104
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what conclusions her Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.
(190763)
105
Mr Crispin Blunt (Reigate): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, in what proportion of cases where a local authority lost a planning appeal, the local authority was obliged to meet all the costs of the appeal in financial year 2006-07.
(190426)
106
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what visits the Minister for London has made to each constituency in London since appointment.
(190526)
107
N
Mr Jeremy Browne (Taunton): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she will answer Question 178902 tabled by the hon. Member for Taunton on 28th January 2008 on heating: standards; and what the reasons are for the length of time taken to reply.
(190163)
108
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps the Government has taken to increase the number of first time buyers entering the property market.
(190024)
109
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what funding has been provided by her Department to fire authorities to conduct fire safety audits in the last year.
(190684)
110
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many meetings have taken place between regional Ministers and Treasury officials to discuss regeneration in each Minister's region since the regional Ministers were appointed.
(190685)
111
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which local authorities had 15 percentile house prices that were 70 per cent. of the national level.
(190709)
112
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the capital budget for each of the Government Offices for the Regions is for (a) 2007-08, (b) 2008-09, (c) 2009-10 and (d) 2010-11.
(190710)
113
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which stakeholders regional Ministers consulted on the Government draft legislative programme in September and October of 2007; what response regional Ministers made to each of these stakeholders; and what steps were taken as a result of this consultation.
(190891)
114
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, the hon. Member for Gloucester, will reply to the letter of 11th January 2008 from the hon. Member for Wycombe on funding arrangements for prevention of violent extremism projects between March and June 2008.
(190206)
115
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consultation the Government has had with local planning authorities before potential sites for eco-towns are announced by developers; what planning procedures apply to eco-towns; what criteria she will use to ensure the sites chosen do not adversely affect the environment; and whether there will be a presumption against building eco-towns on (a) functional floodplains and (b) the Green Belt.
(190512)
116
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether home information packs will apply to the sale of houses built in eco-towns.
(190513)
117
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her Department's definition of an eco-town is.
(190514)
118
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effect of above inflation council tax rises since 1997 on the income of pensioners in those areas with such rises.
(190531)
119
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much was spent by Castle Point Borough Council on improving homes for disabled people in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement.
(190705)
120
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many home improvement grants for disabled people were (a) applied for and (b) awarded in Castle Point constituency in each of the last three years.
(190706)
121
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what private finance initiative projects were approved within her Department in each of the last three financial years; and what the (a) value and (b) start date was of each.
(190863)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
122
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.
(190760)
123
N
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the number of people who engaged in at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity level sport at least three times a week in (a) 2005-06 and (b) 2006-07, broken down by region.
(187242)
124
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many casino applications under the Gaming Act 1968 are pending determination by the Gambling Commission.
(190554)
125
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, pursuant to his Answer of 24th January 2008, Official Report, column 2171W, on gambling licences, how many applications for premises' licences were (a) received, (b) withdrawn, (c) declined and (d) revoked in each year since April 2005, broken down by region.
(190555)
126
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much was spent on his Department's consultation on flying the Union Flag from Government buildings.
(189728)
127
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, when his Department plans to publish the summary of responses to its consultation process on flying the Union Flag from UK Government buildings.
(189729)
128
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the average percentage pay increase awarded to Civil Service staff at grade 6 equivalent and above in his Department was in each year from 2002 to 2007.
(190621)
129
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how much his Department's transformation programme has cost to date; how much the two all-staff conferences to discuss the transformation programme cost; how many consultants have been employed to work on the transformation programme; which consultancy companies have been involved in the programme; and how much has been paid to each such consultancy to date.
(190622)
130
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what long-term strategy his Department has in place for the balance of funding for national institutions in the arts and heritage sector between grant-in-aid and other forms of funding.
(190623)
131
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what proportion of donations made to national institutions in the arts and heritage sector by private sponsors can be reclaimed as tax relief.
(190624)
132
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what arrangements there are to prevent children under the age of 18 years on using internet gambling sites; and if he will bring forward proposals for users to prove their age before accessing those sites.
(190515)
133
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many internet gambling companies are registered in the UK.
(190516)
134
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what European legislation governs provision of internet gambling services based in one member state to people in another member state.
(190517)
135
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, if he will visit a bingo club in Castle Point constituency to discuss the effects of bingo club closures on (a) social cohesion and (b) quality of life for local residents; and if he will make a statement.
(190423)
136
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what private finance initiative projects were approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years; and what the (a) value and (b) start date was of each.
(190864)
137
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent discussions he has had on changes to licensing hours for on- and off-licensed premises; and if he will make a statement.
(190199)
138
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many funds liaison officers (FLOs) cover Wales; what recent assessment he has made of FLOs' performance in Wales; and if he will make a statement.
(190202)
139
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the total cost was of the Portable Antiquities Scheme in Wales in each of the last three years; what recent assessment he has made of the performance of the scheme; and if he will make a statement.
(190203)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
140
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed services are in theatre in Iraq, broken down by (a) sex, (b) age, (c) service and (d) regiment; and how many were in theatre in Iraq in each year since 2003 in each category.
(190800)
141
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed services stationed in Iraq were (a) killed, (b) seriously injured and (c) slightly injured in Iraq in each year since 2003, broken down by (i) sex, (ii) age, (iii) regiment and (iv) service.
(190801)
142
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assistance is available to members of the armed services who have been invalidated out of the service; what (a) discussions he has had and (b) representations he has received on this issue since 2006; what plans he has to increase the assistance available; and if he will make a statement.
(190802)
143
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was allocated by his Department to services for members of the armed services who had been invalided out of the service in each year since 2003, broken down by (a) sex, (b) regiment, (c) service and (d) age cohort of recipient.
(190803)
144
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the armed forces were withdrawn from Iraq in each year since 2003, broken down by (a) sex, (b) age and (c) service; what plans he has to increase members withdrawn in each of the next 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(190878)
145
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many cases of (a) meningitis, (b) food poisoning, (c) pneumonia and (d) gastroenteritis there have been among members of the armed services serving in Iraq since 2003, broken down by (i) sex, (ii) age and (iii) regiment.
(190879)
146
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many suicides there were among British armed services personnel in each of the last 10 years for which records are available, broken down by (a) sex, (b) age, (c) regiment and (d) service in each year since 2003; and if he will make a statement.
(190880)
147
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.
(190676)
148
Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to his Answer of 4th February 2008, Official Report column 800W, on Iraq: peacekeeping operations, what information his Department holds on the (a) number and (b) cost to the public purse of private contractors employed by his Department in Iraq.
(190582)
149
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will estimate what defence expenditure in 2007-08 would be if (a) it was at the same level in real terms as in 1984-85, (b) it formed the same proportion of gross domestic product as in 1984-85 and (c) if the proportion of public expenditure accounted for by defence expenditure was the same as the average proportion during the 1980s.
(190030)
150
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his official engagements were between 13th January and 24th February 2008.
(190451)
151
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many incidents of theft of British military supplies during transit from the port of debarkation in Pakistan to the final destination in Afghanistan have been reported since September 2007.
(190452)
152
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many instances there were of equipment of the armed forces being lost in transit either (a) en route to and (b) in (i) Afghanistan and (ii) Iraq in each year since 2003.
(190601)
153
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which units have served (a) one tour, (b) two tours and (c) three tours and more in (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan.
(190602)
154
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the reservists who make up the operational capability of Civil Contingency Reaction Forces are on active duty overseas.
(190603)
155
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many security passes staff in his Department reported (a) lost and (b) stolen in (i) his Department and (ii) departmental agencies in each year since 2001.
(190604)
156
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual training requirement is for infantry (a) officers and (b) other ranks; and what percentage has been fulfilled in the last 12 months.
(190634)
157
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the operating costs of Royal Hospital Haslar were in each of the last five years.
(190635)
158
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current percentage shortfall is in spares for the (a) Harrier and (b) Typhoon aircraft.
(190636)
159
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what progress has been made on the review of the role of the armed forces in counter-terrorism announced in July 2007; when a report will be published; and if he will make a statement.
(190637)
160
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the (a) cost to the public purse and (b) total value of the empty properties owned by (i) his Department and (ii) its agencies and other public bodies for which he has responsibility in the last 12 months.
(190638)
161
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times a (a) C17A Globemaster, (b) Hercules C-130K, (c) Hercules C-130J, (d) Tristar, (e) VC-10 and (f) Nimrod MR2 was cannibalised for spare parts in each year since 2001.
(190639)
162
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the total expenditure was on transport aircraft (a) procurement and (b) maintenance by his Department in each year since 1997.
(190640)
163
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what percentage of (a) single living accommodation and (b) service family accommodation units in (i) Colchester and (ii) Aldershot are in each standard for condition grade.
(190641)
164
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of the receipts received on asset sales for disposed estates was kept by the Exchequer in each financial year since 2001.
(190642)
165
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current status is of HMS (a) Southampton and (b) Exeter; and when a decision will be taken on their out of service dates.
(190643)
166
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which ships he expects to enter a period of extended readiness in 2008.
(190645)
167
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the strength of each regiment of the Army Air Corps was at the most recent date for which information is available.
(190646)
168
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times helicopters of the (a) Army Air Corps, (b) Fleet Air Arm and (c) Royal Air Force were cannibalised for spare parts in each year since 2001, broken down by helicopter type.
(190647)
169
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel left the armed forces to join private military companies in each year since 2003.
(190648)
170
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many VIPs his Department escorted in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in each of the last 12 months.
(190649)
171
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many reservist personnel were deployed overseas at the most recently available date, broken down by (a) location and (b) service.
(190650)
172
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many times a (a) C17A Globemaster, (b) Hercules C-130K, (c) Hercules C130J, (d) Tristar, (e) VC-10 and (f) Nimrod MR2 were cannibalised for spare parts in each month in 2007.
(190651)
173
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest Territorial Army Continuous Attitude Survey.
(190652)
174
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the security situation in Kabul.
(190666)
175
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the security situation in the Afghan provinces of (a) Nimruz, (b) Farah and (c) Herat.
(190668)
176
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which units will form the Small Scale Focused Intervention Battlegroup.
(190669)
177
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which brigade forms the Joint Rapid Reaction Force (JRRF); whether it is fully equipped; whether the JRRF is deployed; and when the future JRRF will take over.
(190670)
178
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which units forms the Spearhead Land Element (SLE); whether it is fully equipped; whether the SLE is deployed; and when the future SLE will take over.
(190671)
179
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) annual budget of and (b) UK contribution to the Organisation for Joint Armament co-operation was in each year since 1997.
(190690)
180
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the security situation in (a) Kunduz and (b) Badakhshan province.
(190692)
181
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which countries provided the requirement for NATO's Operational Reserve Force in each year since 2001; and which countries will provide the requirement until 2010.
(190694)
182
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK service personnel were deployed on operations on the most recent date for which figures are available, broken down by location.
(190695)
183
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the security situation in (a) Basra, (b) Maysan, (c) Dhi Qar and (d) Al Muthanna provinces.
(190712)
184
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which 10 UK military installations have the largest numbers of military personnel.
(190713)
185
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force personnel form the British commitment to the Helsinki Headline Goal; and what percentage of the Army's commitment is formed from the infantry.
(190714)
186
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many British military personnel are attached to the (a) European Union Military Staff, (b) European Defence Agency, (c) European Union Military Committee and (d) other EU institutions.
(190715)
187
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the savings target is for each top level budget holder in his Department in 2007-08.
(190716)
188
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many contacts there were between British forces and anti-coalition militia in each month since October 2006.
(190717)
189
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many non-infantry personnel have served in an infantry role in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan since 2003.
(190718)
190
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) annual budget of and (b) UK's contribution to the Western European Armaments Group was in each year from 1997 to 2005.
(190719)
191
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions he had with European Defence Ministers on the financing of EU military operations under the Athena Mechanism at the recent meeting in Brdo, Slovenia; and if he will make a statement.
(190720)
192
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the EU Battlegroup concept under the Headline Goal 2010 relieves the UK of its commitment to the European Rapid Reaction Force under the Helsinki Headline Goal; and if he will make a statement.
(190721)
193
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the reasons are for the change in size of the EUFOR military force in Bosnia-Herzegovina from November 2007 to February 2008.
(190722)
194
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the security situation in Helmand province.
(190723)
195
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent assessment he has made of the security situation in Basra City.
(190724)
196
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many instances of breakdown and maintenance damage have been recorded in the (a) Vector and (b) Bulldog vehicle since it first entered service.
(190725)
197
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his most recent estimate is of the cost of the (a) Bulldog and (b) Vector vehicle programmes.
(190726)
198
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 24th January 2008, Official Report, columns 37-8W, on EU defence policy, what his definition is of statute, seat and operational rules; and if he will make a statement.
(190826)
199
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2008, Official Report, column 1401W, on the Committee of Permanent Representatives, how many (a) civilian and (b) military personnel from his Department are part of the staff of the Committee of Permanent Representatives (i) I and (ii) II.
(190835)
200
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Statement by the Prime Minister of 12th December 2007, Official Report, columns 303-4, on Afghanistan, how many civilian helicopters leased by NATO are in use in Afghanistan; and whether any are operating in (a) Helmand, (b) Kandahar, (c) Zabul, (d) Uruzgan, (e) Ghanzi, (f) Pakitka, (g) Khost and (h) Paktia provinces.
(190836)
201
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what (a) operational control, (b) administrative control, (c) technical control and (d) other command relationship there is between British and non-British forces (i) operating in Helmand Province and (ii) deployed on ESDP military operations by unit down to the battalion level; and what the nationality is of each unit.
(190875)
202
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the current status is of Taliban leader Naim Atallah who was captured in Helmand province in August 2007.
(190892)
203
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) size and (b) capability is of the (i) Afghan National Army and (ii) Afghan National Police.
(190893)
204
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Government has provided air transport for Iraqi citizens formerly employed by the Ministry of Defence granted leave to enter the UK from the Middle East; and whether there are plans to provide such transport in the future from (a) Iraq and (b) third countries.
(190410)
205
Dr John Pugh (Southport): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the value of land diposals by Qinetiq has been in each of the last three years.
(190421)
206
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what data are retained by his Department on people who applied to join the armed forces but did not sign up; and if he will make a statement.
(190448)
207
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he takes when it appears that personal data held by his Department has been (a) lost and (b) disclosed without authorisation; and if he will make a statement.
(190449)
208
Mr Laurence Robertson (Tewkesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to protect the security of personal data held by his Department, with particular reference to interference by militant extremists; and if he will make a statement.
(190450)
209
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what private finance initiative projects have been approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years, broken down by (a) value and (b) start date.
(190883)
210
N
Mr Gary Streeter (South West Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what his plans for Devonport Naval Base are over the next 10 years.
(190164)
211
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he expects the recent order for 174 Mastiff vehicles to be delivered to the UK; whether the delivery will be staggered; and how long it will take for those vehicles to be in theatre.
(190408)
212
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when his Department's order for Ridgeback vehicles will be placed.
(190409)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
213
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much the Environment Agency has spent on its plans to alter the Cuckmere Estuary; and what further expenditure is expected.
(190563)
214
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.
(190681)
215
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of business waste was recycled by each local authority in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(190529)
216
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the Business Resource Efficiency and Waste (BREW) budget is for 2008-09; and what funding has been allocated to each of the organisations within BREW.
(190831)
217
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, which organisations his Department consulted during the development of the framework for the Energy-using Products Framework Directive.
(190508)
218
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that the Energy-using Products Framework Directive does not disadvantage small and medium-sized manufacturers.
(190509)
219
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will hold meetings with interested parties in the three week consultation period on the Energy-using Products Framework Directive in addition to the consultation forum planned for 29th February.
(190510)
220
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how his Department plans to implement the provisions of the Energy-using Products Directive relating to progressive minimum standards for controls that installers will need to comply with when installing a boiler; if he will ensure that that implementation does not include requirements additional to those in the Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(190511)
221
Ms Angela C. Smith (Sheffield, Hillsborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how the regulation of wild bird imports of the non-EU species proposed by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee for inclusion in Schedule 4 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 has changed since the EU banned bird imports because of concerns over avian influenza.
(190441)
222
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received from (a) English Nature, (b) Bugs Life and (c) the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds on the impact of the development of wetlands and sites of special scientific interest on the west of Canvey Island; and if he will make a statement.
(190499)
223
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received from environmental non-governmental organisations on the impact on wildlife on and around (a) Two Tree Island, (b) Canvey Island wetlands and (c) mainland wetlands in Castle Point constituency of dredging the Thames Estuary for the (i) Thames gate port shipping channel and (ii) the Thames gateway port development; and if he will make a statement.
(190501)
224
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what private finance initiative projects have been approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years, broken down by (a) value and (b) start date.
(190884)
225
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what price per tonne HM Treasury receives for the gravel excavated by marine dredging; and if he will make a statement.
(190813)
226
N
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effects of the Treaty of Lisbon on the Government's legislative proposals within the draft Marine Bill
(190204)
227
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, for what reasons he decided to reduce the budget for the Marine and Fisheries Agency from 2007-08 to 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.
(190461)
228
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will place in the Library copies of correspondence between his Department and the Marine and Fisheries Agency on the setting of the agency's budget for 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.
(190462)
229
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what grant-in-aid he plans to provide to the Marine and Fisheries Agency in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(190463)
230
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he informed the Marine and Fisheries Agency of its budget for 2008-09; and if he will make a statement.
(190464)
231
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he expects to announce the arrangements for aerial surveillance coverage for fisheries protection and enforcement that will be put in place after the contract with Direct Flight expires in 2009; and if he will make a statement.
(190465)
232
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24th January 2008, Official Report, columns 2123-4W, on fisheries, whether he intends to re-apply to the European Commission; whether he has had further discussions with (a) the Commission and (b) other EU Member States about pelagic pair trawling; and if he will make a statement.
(190466)
233
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 24th January 2008, Official Report, columns 2123-4W, on fisheries, what his estimate is of the (a) damage to marine life and (b) the numbers of cetaceans killed as a result of the European Commission turning down the request made under Article 9 of Council Regulation 2371/2002; and if he will make a statement.
(190467)
234
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether he plans to propose conservation measures under Article 9 of Council Regulation 2371/2002; and if he will make a statement.
(190468)
235
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what discussions he and his predecessors had with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the likely impact of the (a) proposed European Constitution and (b) Lisbon Treaty on (i) fisheries, (ii) the marine environment and (iii) marine biological resources; and if he will make a statement.
(190469)
236
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the Special Report No. 7/2007 of the European Court of Auditors on the control, inspection and sanction systems relating to the rules on conservation of Community fisheries resources; and if he will make a statement.
(190470)
237
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will place in the Library copies of the correspondence his Department has had with the Marine and Fisheries Agency on the number of annual (a) patrol days and (b) hours of aerial surveillance coverage required for the purposes of fisheries enforcement and protection; and if he will make a statement.
(190471)
238
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many staff at each (a) grade and (b) job title were employed in the Marine and Fisheries Agency in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(190472)
239
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether there are plans for staff reductions at the Marine and Fisheries Agency in the next three financial years; and if he will make a statement.
(190473)
240
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what joint operations the Government has undertaken with its European counterparts in relation to fisheries protection and enforcement in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement.
(190474)
241
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many joint operations were undertaken between the Royal Navy Fishery Protection Squadron and the Scottish Fisheries Protection Agency in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(190475)
242
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many pelagic pair trawlers from each country of origin operated within each area in the UK's 12 nautical mile limit in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(190476)
243
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what work is being undertaken to map the underground water drainage network.
(190415)
244
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment the Government have made of the likely effects of Lot 1 of the Energy-using Products Directive on the UK heating controls industry.
(190416)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
245
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which countries are represented on the Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; what the terms of reference for the Committee are; and if he will make a statement.
(190866)
246
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, who the British representative is on the Committee for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; what relevant specialist qualifications he or she holds; what his or her career has been to date; when he or she was selected and by whom; what process was followed in his or her selection; where the post was advertised; how many persons applied for the position; how many were short-listed for interview; how candidates were appraised; what criteria were adopted for the appointment; whether candidates' views on (a) abortion, (b) reproductive rights and (c) contraception were sought; and if he will make a statement.
(190867)
247
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether he discussed (a) the Chinese One Child Policy and (b) forced abortion with the authorities during his visit to China; and if he will make a statement.
(190868)
248
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take at the United Nations about derogatory statements made by the President of Iran about the State of Israel; and if he will make a statement.
(190869)
249
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take at the United Nations on the statements made by the President of Iran on denial of the Holocaust; and if he will make a statement.
(190870)
250
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.
(190673)
251
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with the government of Sri Lanka on the freedom and security of journalists working in that country.
(190553)
252
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with representatives of the Chinese government on the situation in Darfur.
(190755)
253
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the situation in Gaza; and what representations he has made to the Israeli government on the delivery of humanitarian aid and the supply of power in Gaza.
(190756)
254
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his French counterpart on France's presidency of the European Council in the second half of 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(190600)
255
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when a Minister last visited the British Virgin Islands; and when the next such visit will take place.
(190316)
256
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the state of relations between the UK and the governments of (a) Gibraltar, (b) the Falklands, (c) the British Virgin Islands, (d) the Cayman Islands and (e) the Turks and Caicos Islands.
(190317)
257
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether the UK plans to support the secure development of oil and gas exploration facilities in the Falkland Islands waters.
(190318)
258
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment the Government has made of the potential contribution of oil and gas from Falkland Islands waters to the provision of energy in the UK; and whether it is taking steps to support such exploration.
(190319)
259
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions the Government has held with (a) the Falkland Islands government and (b) the Argentine government on exploration for oil and gas in Falkland Islands waters.
(190320)
260
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will request the US authorities to make further visits to Simon Mann in Black Beach Prison on a frequent and regular basis in the absence of a permanent UK presence in Malabo.
(190196)
261
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent reports he has received on the medical treatment being provided to Simon Mann in Malabo for his hernia.
(190197)
262
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 18th February 2008, Official Report, column 179W, on Simon Mann, what reasons he has been given by the Equatorial Guinean embassy for the 24-hour shackling of Simon Mann in custody.
(190198)
263
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact on relations between Equatorial Guinea and the United Kingdom of the abduction and imprisonment of Simon Mann by that country.
(190353)
264
N
Dr Julian Lewis (New Forest East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 19th February 2008, Official Report, column 140, on Zimbabwe, when he plans to turn to the role of the government of Zimbabwe in the case of Mr Simon Mann; for what reason a formal protest has not been made to that government in relation to the removal of Mr Mann to Equatorial Guinea from Zimbabwe; and what assessment he has made of the likely inferences to be drawn by the authorities in Equatorial Guinea in relation to the absence of such protest.
(190354)
265
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department negotiated the hire of the Leander for use by HRH Prince of Wales during his visit in March 2008 to the Caribbean; and if he will make a statement.
(190629)
266
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what official gifts HRH Prince of Wales will be presenting during his official visit to Caribbean countries in March 2008; and whether the cost of such gifts is to be met from public funds.
(190733)
267
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many (a) diplomatic and (b) commercial staff were employed in the British High Commission in Ottawa in each of the last five years.
(190532)
268
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the cost of maintaining the British High Commission in Ottawa was in the most recent year for which figures are available.
(190533)
269
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, which private finance initiative projects have been approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years, broken down by (a) value and (b) start date.
(190885)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
270
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) letters and (b) postcards he has received since July from (i) members of the public, (ii) hon. Members and (iii) members of the House of Lords about (A) the creation of human/animal hybrids and (B) the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill; how many and what percentage (1) supported and (2) opposed each; and if he will make a statement.
(190790)
271
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many human embryos were (a) lost, (b) damaged and (c) destroyed due to accidents at fertility clinics in each year since 2000; what steps he has (i) taken and (ii) plans to take to prevent such accidents; what guidance on the matter he has (A) issued and (B) plans to issue in the next 12 months to fertility clinics; and if he will make a statement.
(190791)
272
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what (a) reports and (b) studies on post-abortion syndrome have been considered by his Department since January 2006; and if he will make a statement.
(190792)
273
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.
(190677)
274
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in implementing the targets for the National Service Framework for Long-Term Conditions in Leyton and Wanstead.
(190616)
275
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence's guidance on Supportive Palliative Care has been fully implemented in Leyton and Wanstead.
(190617)
276
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data are used by commissioners of health care to determine the need for specialist palliative and neurological care in Leyton and Wanstead.
(190618)
277
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will give guidance to primary care trusts on the proportion of their budgets to be spent on palliative care.
(190630)
278
Jim Cousins (Newcastle upon Tyne Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many alcohol-related admissions there were to hospitals in each primary care trust area in (a) 2004, (b) 2005, (c) 2006 and (d) 2007; and what proportion these represented of all admissions in each area in each year.
(190821)
279
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to improve NHS services for hearing and balance disorders.
(189144)
280
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps the Government has taken to increase the number of NHS audiovestibular physicians since 1997.
(189145)
281
Mr Jim Devine (Livingston): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements his Department has for oversight of the governance and management practices of the Nursing and Midwifery Council.
(190570)
282
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what each primary care trust's (a) actual and (b) target funding allocation was in each year since 1997; and what the real term change in funding was from each year to the next.
(190265)
283
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of how many people have undergone an inappropriate surgical procedure in the National Health Service in each of the last 10 years.
(190584)
284
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many women were screened for (a) breast cancer and (b) cervical cancer in the Peterborough Primary Care Trust and predecessor trusts in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(190699)
285
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to increase the take-up of bowel cancer screening amongst men aged over 60 years of age in the Peterborough Primary Care Trust area from April; and if he will make a statement.
(190700)
286
N
Mr David Jones (Clwyd West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to encourage collaboration between specialist centres in England and Welsh local health boards to improve levels of treatment in England for patients resident in Wales diagnosed with neuromuscular disorders.
(190355)
287
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of stroke victims from within Thurrock admitted to Basildon and Thurrock Hospital received a brain scan within 24 hours of admission to hospital in the last 12 months; and if he will make a statement.
(190633)
288
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps his Department is taking to reduce the disparity between the regions in the figures for the percentage of stroke victims who receive brain scans with 24 hours of their admission to hospital.
(190732)
289
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many agency (a) nurses, (b) medical staff and (c) midwives were employed in each of the last three years, broken down by primary care trust (PCT); and how much each PCT spent (i) in each year and (ii) per agency worker in each category in each such year.
(190442)
290
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many dental practices have had to suspend NHS dentistry before the end of the current financial year due to budgetary constraints; and if he will make a statement.
(190678)
291
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of NHS dentistry provision in Hertfordshire.
(190679)
292
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to extend provision of NHS dentistry in Hertfordshire.
(190680)
293
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average waiting time was for patients with hearing and balance disorders to receive treatment in the latest period for which figures are available.
(190458)
294
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his policy is on the recommended frequency with which people with hearing and balance disorders should be monitored by health care professionals.
(190459)
295
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what change there has been in his Department's support for self-management of, and education on, the treatment of diabetes since 2007.
(190460)
296
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2008, Official Report, column 1462W, on hospital telephones, what estimate his Department has made of the average cost of an incoming telephone call to a child's bedside telephone; and what assessment he has made of the effect of telephone charges for incoming calls on parents' ability to contact their children whilst they are in hospital.
(190518)
297
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department plans to issue guidance to the NHS on the provision of information to patients on treatments not available on the NHS.
(190519)
298
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that the new mental health advocacy services are put in place before the introduction of community treatment orders under the Mental Health Act 2007.
(190530)
299
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many specialist clinical nurses there are for (a) each cancer specialism and (b) each cancer network; and what assessment he has made of the efficacy of clinical nurse specialist provision.
(190571)
300
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many lung cancer patients there were per lung cancer clinical nurse specialist in each cancer network in the latest period for which figures are available.
(190572)
301
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to retain current numbers of lung cancer clinical nurse specialists.
(190573)
302
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to improve the access of lung cancer patients to clinical nurse specialists.
(190574)
303
Anne Milton (Guildford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 18th December 2007, Official Report, column 1377W, on chlamydia: screening, what steps have been taken to work with the strategic health authorities which are not reaching the 15 per cent. screening target.
(190862)
304
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidelines he has issued to primary care trusts on the use of premium rate telephone numbers by GPs for patients calling their surgeries.
[R] (190033)
305
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the (a) feasibility and (b) cost of engineering and water management work required to introduce fluoridated water to areas; and if he will make a statement.
(190534)
306
N
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 30th January 2008, Official Report, columns 464-6W, on the in-patient management programme, what his estimate is of the costs of (a) community rehabilitation and care, (b) additional monitoring and treatment, (c) ambulatory care and (d) programme management and monitoring in each of the next five financial years.
(188810)
307
N
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to build, purchase or rent any capital or land assets under the Inpatient Management Programme.
(188912)
308
N
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the budget is for the Diagnostics Programme in each of the next five financial years; how much of this budget has been allocated, broken down by project; and how much of this budget has been contracted, broken down by contract.
(188913)
309
Mark Simmonds (Boston & Skegness): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make a statement on the concordat and moratorium of genetics and insurance.
(190500)
310
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research his Department has commissioned on the treatment of endometriosis.
(189889)
311
N
Mr Andrew Smith (Oxford East): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what advice his Department gives primary care trusts on treatment of endometriosis.
(189890)
312
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of those who committed suicide in Essex (a) had been previously treated and (b) were under treatment at the time of their death for mental health problems in each of the last five years.
(190707)
313
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what private finance initiative projects have been approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years, broken down by (a) value and (b) start date.
(190886)
314
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many turnarounds took more than an hour in each ambulance authority in England during the last year for which figures are available.
(189425)
315
N
Sir John Stanley (Tonbridge & Malling): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP super clinics he plans to establish in Kent.
(189426)
316
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions he has had on the introduction of a statutory code of practice on the marketing of alcohol.
(190200)
317
N
Hywel Williams (Caernarfon): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will bring forward proposals to introduce a standard labelling regime for alcoholic products, with particular reference to (a) alcohol content in units and (b) guidelines for daily alcohol consumption.
(190201)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
318
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, under what legislation the (a) import and (b) export of (i) exotic animals and (ii) endangered species is regulated; what changes have been made since enactment; and if she will make a statement.
(190793)
319
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) exotic animals and (b) endangered species were imported into the UK in each year since 1997, broken down by species.
(190794)
320
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent representations she has received on the sale of (a) exotic animals and (b) endangered species; and if she will make a statement.
(190882)
321
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what conclusions her Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.
(190675)
322
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she will answer Questions 166551 and 166552 on telephone contact centres, tabled by the hon. Member for Falmouth and Camborne on 15th November 2007.
(190778)
323
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the operating budget was of the Task Force on Child Protection on the Internet in each year since its inception; and how many dedicated staff were employed by the Task Force in each year.
(190814)
324
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the operating budget was of the Child Exploitation Online Protection centre in each month since its inception in 2006; and how many dedicated staff were employed by it in each year.
(190815)
325
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what specifications have been set for information requirements to be entered into the system for monitoring air passengers that her Department is putting out to tender.
(190889)
326
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff of the UK Border and Immigration Agency, or contractors on its behalf, are (a) directly involved and (b) exclusively involved with the screening of applicants to the UK Gateway programme.
(189828)
327
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many Iraqi citizens currently employed by the Ministry of Defence have applied for indefinite leave to enter on an exceptional basis outside the Immigration Rules.
(189894)
328
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether the Government plans to provide accommodation in the UK to Iraqi citizens formerly employed by the Ministry of Defence and their families who are granted indefinite leave to enter.
(190411)
329
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in how many cases the cost of investigating alleged offences of (a) perjury and (b) attempting to pervert the course of justice has exceeded £1 million in the last five years.
(190055)
330
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the cost of investigation of the most expensive case of (a) perjury and (b) attempting to pervert the course of justice in each of the last five years; and how many police officers were engaged in the investigation of each such case in each year.
(190058)
331
Anne Main (St Albans): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what progress her Department has made in finding the file of Mr Rausch, a constituent of the hon. Member for St. Albans; and what steps are being taken to find the file.
(190682)
332
N
Mr Michael Meacher (Oldham West & Royton): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have (a) been assessed, (b) warranted further investigation, (c) been deemed to be of interest, (d) been arrested, (e) been prosecuted and (f) been convicted under Project Semaphore in each of the last three years; and upon what charges each such prosecution was brought.
(190356)
333
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will break down her Department's (a) main estimate, (b) winter supplementary estimate and (c) spring supplementary estimate by subhead in (i) near cash and (ii) non-cash terms for the 2007-08 financial year.
(190757)
334
Patrick Mercer (Newark): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will break down her Department's outturn by subhead in (a) near cash and (b) non-cash terms for the financial years 2001-02 to 2006-07.
(190758)
335
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether there is external review of the type and quality of information held by the police and released by chief constables under the enhanced disclosures procedure.
(190615)
336
Mr David Ruffley (Bury St Edmunds): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the Immigration Service used police cells to hold immigrants in each year since 1997; and what the average cost was in each police force area in each year.
(190827)
337
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the participants at the review of policing event on 31st July 2007 were (a) Afro-Caribbean, (b) Muslim, (c) Sikh and (d) Jewish.
(190824)
338
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what recent discussions she has had with colleagues in other Departments on the recognition of polygamous marriages; and if she will make a statement.
(190487)
339
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate she has made of the level of the vice trade in Essex in each of the last three years; and if she will make a statement.
(190491)
340
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what private finance initiative projects have been approved by her Department in each of the last three financial years, broken down by (a) value and (b) start date.
(190887)
341
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on what occasions the police have arrested an individual (a) on an airraft at a UK airport and (b) at the airport after an individual has landed in the last 10 years.
(190484)
342
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions police in the course of their duty have been denied access to an aircraft at an airport in the UK in the last 10 years.
(190485)
343
Dr Phyllis Starkey (Milton Keynes South West): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what powers the police have to prevent an aircraft from taking off from a UK airport in order to effect an arrest.
(190486)
Questions to the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission
344
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the honourable Member for North Devon, representing the House of Commons Commission, how many visitors to the Houses of Parliament undertook a public tour in each of the last five years.
(190812)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
345
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many prosecutions there have been for the illegal (a) copying and (b) downloading from the internet of music under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988; and if he will make a statement.
(190854)
346
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps he plans to take to combat the illegal downloading of music from the internet; what recent representations he has received on this issue; and if he will make a statement.
(190855)
347
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.
(190759)
348
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, when he will answer Questions (a) 166530, (b) 166528, and (c) 166529, on telephone contact centres, tabled on 15th November 2007 by the hon. Member for Falmouth and Camborne.
(190876)
349
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, when his Department plans to make available the audio-visual material to fight Al-Qa'ida and violent extremism referred to in the consultation document The Role of Further Education Providers in Promoting Community Cohesion, Fostering Shared Values and Preventing Violent Extremism.
(190412)
350
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, when the Quality and Improvement Agency plans to publish on its Excellence Gateway website the coherent package of support for staff at further education colleges referred to in the consultation document The Role of Further Education Providers in Promoting Community Cohesion, Fostering Shared Values and Preventing Violent Extremism.
(190413)
351
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what role the Quality and Improvement Agency will play in helping further education colleges to build capacity in developing the risk assessments referred to in the consultation document The Role of Further Education Providers in Promoting Community Cohesion, Fostering Shared Values and Preventing Violent Extremism.
(190414)
352
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the (a) value and (b) start date was of each private finance initiative project approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years.
(190795)
353
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what guidance his Department provides to (a) teacher-training institutions and (b) schools on the use of Brain Gym with pupils.
(190817)
354
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many student fatalities there have been on university campuses in each of the last five years, broken down by cause of death.
(190865)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
355
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.
(190683)
356
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what advice his Department is providing to the Government of Afghanistan on the provision of alternative livelihoods to those within the drugs economy.
(190444)
357
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what the (a) value and (b) start date was of each private finance initiative project approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years.
(190796)
358
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what UK bilateral aid programmes are underway in (a) Nigeria, (b) Kenya, (c) Botswana, (d) Senegal, (e) Angola, and (f) Niger; and what the duration and cost is of each.
(190888)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
359
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what occasions the Privy Council consulted his Department or its predecessor on legislative matters submitted for promulgation from the Isle of Man in each year since 1997.
(190784)
360
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what occasions the Government has consulted the administration of the Isle of Man on legislative issues since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(190785)
361
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what legislation introduced by the Government was considered for extension to the Isle of Man in each Session since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(190786)
362
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, on what occasions (a) Ministers and (b) officials in his Department or its predecessor met representatives of the government of the Isle of Man in each year since 1997; what issues were discussed; what the (i) location and (ii) duration of each meeting was; whether a record of each meeting was kept; who attended each meeting; and if he will make a statement.
(190787)
363
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many inmates have been detained within the Ibis Unit at HM Young Offender Institution Feltham in each of the last 36 months; and if he will make a statement.
(190627)
364
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the criteria are for determining whether an inmate at HM Young Offender Institution Feltham should be placed within the Ibis Unit; when these criteria were last reviewed; and if he will make a statement.
(190628)
365
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the volume of contraband in HM Prison Norwich in each of the last 36 months; and if he will make a statement.
(190823)
366
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.
(190674)
367
Tom Brake (Carshalton & Wallington): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many fines arising from speed cameras in London were (a) unpaid after exhaustion of the legal process and (b) overdue at the most recent date for which figures are available.
(190525)
368
N
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 18th February 2008, Official Report, columns 201-2W, on secure training centres: restraint techniques, for what reasons the populations of all the institutions listed in the Answer of 28th January 2008, Official Report, column 150W, on secure training centres were not provided; and if he will provide these figures.
(190021)
369
Mr Mark Hoban (Fareham): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 5th February 2008, Official Report, column 1110W, on departmental marketing, how many (a) items of corporate display materials, (b) publications, (c) public information booklets, (d) items of building signage, (e) items of hard stationery and (f) lanyards his Department has procured since its establishment; and what its total expenditure on such products has been to date.
(190585)
370
Kelvin Hopkins (Luton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what response he plans to make to the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief's report of her mission to the UK (A/HRC/7/10/Add.3).
(190523)
371
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners have been released early from HMP Peterborough under the End of Custody Licence scheme in each month since the scheme's inception.
(190029)
372
N
Mr Angus MacNeil (Na h-Eileanan an Iar): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prosecutions for (a) perjury and (b) attempting to pervert the course of justice were brought in each of the last five years.
(190057)
373
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many freedom of information (FOI) requests the Open Government Unit received in each year since 2005; how many requests the unit took longer than (a) six months and (b) 12 months to respond to; and how many FOI requests the unit has failed to respond to.
(190799)
374
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State will reply to the letter from the hon. Member for West Worcestershire, dated 18th January (Reference: 187220).
(190620)
375
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many cases are (a) under investigation and (b) awaiting court proceedings in respect of the use of imperial weights and measures; and if he will make a statement.
(190478)
376
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what cases in which legal proceedings have been completed have been prosecuted in relation to preventing the use of imperial weights and measures in each of the last three years.
(190479)
377
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many juveniles were held overnight in custody in police cells in Essex in each of the last three years.
(190701)
378
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average cost per night was for holding people in custody in (a) police cells and (b) prisons in Essex in the latest period for which figures are available.
(190702)
379
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were held in custody in police cells in Essex in each of the last three years.
(190703)
380
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the (a) value and (b) start date was of each private finance initiative project approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years.
(190797)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
381
N
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what assessment he has made of the level of the vice trade in Northern Ireland in the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(189827)
382
N
David Simpson (Upper Bann): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many category (a) 1, (b) 2 and (c) 3 sex offenders there are (i) in custody and (ii) resident in the community in each district council area in Northern Ireland.
(190032)
383
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what the (a) value and (b) start date was of each private finance initiative project approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years.
(190798)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
384
Ann Coffey (Stockport): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, if she will allocate funding to regenerate street and covered markets in the East End of London as part of the hosting of the 2012 Olympic Games.
(190453)
Questions to the Prime Minister
385
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Prime Minister, what the evidential basis was for the statement in the 2002 Iraq dossier that Iraq could deploy weapons of mass destruction within 45 minutes of an order to use them; and if he will make a statement.
(190871)
386
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Prime Minister, how many (a) letters and (b) postcards he has received since July from (i) members of the public, (ii) hon. Members and (iii) members of the House of Lords on (A) the creation of human/animal hybrids and (B) the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill; how many and what percentage (I) supported and (II) opposed each; and if he will make a statement.
(190872)
387
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Prime Minister, if he will make it his policy to publish legal advice provided to the Cabinet on proposals to go to war or otherwise commit the military to action.
(190528)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
388
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what his official engagements were from 13th January to 24th February.
(190445)
389
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what visits he has made in his capacity as Secretary of State for Scotland since July 2007.
(190822)
390
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, what the (a) value and (b) start date was of each private finance initiative project approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years.
(190807)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
391
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will seek amendments to the Warsaw Convention to permit claims for compensation by air travellers who suffer deep vein thrombosis; what recent representations she has received on this issue; and if she will make a statement.
(190856)
392
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will make a statement on the operation of the Carriage by Air Acts (Implementation of the Montreal Convention 1999) Order 2002; what amendments have been made to this Order; and what recent representations she has received on this Order.
(190857)
393
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what legislation governs the payment of compensation from airlines for injury or damage occurring accidentally while in flight; what representations she has received on this issue; and if she will make a statement.
(190858)
394
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much was raised in each year since 1997 by the sale of vehicle number plates; what plate raised the largest sum in each year; and how much was raised from that plate.
(190520)
395
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consideration has been given to upgrading the railway between Felixstowe and the Midlands; and what the latest cost estimate was.
(190521)
396
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons train operating companies are not allowed to acquire new rolling stock within their existing franchise without her Department's approval.
(190552)
397
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how much her Department has spent to date on consultants on the specification for the new Intercity Express programme; and for what reason this matter was not deemed to be one for the rolling stock companies.
(190557)
398
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she expects a prototype of the new Intercity Express to be available for testing on the network.
(190558)
399
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what requests have been received from train operating companies for extra rolling stock which have been (a) agreed to and (b) rejected since 1st January 2005.
(190559)
400
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, on what dates her Department was first made aware by (a) a rolling stock company and (b) a train operating company of a request for an increased amount of rolling stock on (i) the west coast mainline, (ii) the northern train's franchise and (iii) the southern franchise.
(190560)
401
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what process is being followed to determine the specifications for the new rolling stock planned for deployment on the east coast mainline; and if she will make a statement.
(190562)
402
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many cars were registered in each vehicle excise duty band in each region in England and Wales in each year since 1997.
(190564)
403
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment her Department has made of the impact on road maintenance costs of allowing heavy goods vehicles weighing up to 60 tonnes; and if she will make a statement.
(190566)
404
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment her Department has made of the impact on safety of other road users of allowing heavy goods vehicles weighing up to 60 tonnes on the roads; and if she will make a statement.
(190567)
405
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 31st January 2008, Official Report, column 538W, on emergency services: accidents, how many accidents occurred involving blue light vehicles from the (a) police force, (b) fire service and (c) ambulance service in each of the last five years; and how many (i) deaths and (ii) serious injuries resulted from accidents in each such category, broken down by region.
(190861)
406
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what conclusions her Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.
(190762)
407
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government has taken to reduce levels of road tax evasion.
(189146)
408
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent steps the Government has taken to improve accessibility of train stations in the West Midlands.
(190022)
409
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps the Government has taken to make train stations user-friendly for blind people.
(190023)
410
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether she has had discussions with National Express on bringing them wholly or partially into the national concessionary bus fares scheme.
(190874)
411
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what assessment she has made of the merits of introducing electric vehicles into the Government car fleet.
(190025)
412
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) hybrid and (b) electric vehicles there are in the Government car fleet.
(190026)
413
Dr Hywel Francis (Aberavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the £17 million Cycling England programme has been reflected in Barnett consequentials in the Welsh block grant.
(190619)
414
Peter Luff (Mid Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she expects to receive from Network Rail the business case for redoubling the single line sections of the Cotswold Line between Oxford and Worcester; and if she will make a statement.
(190424)
415
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when (a) the pay increases for the 2007 pay round were paid, (b) the race impact assessments of the 2007 pay deal were completed and (c) the race impact assessments were made available to the recognised trades unions in relation to each of her Department's bargaining units.
(190270)
416
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent meetings she has held with the recognised unions to discuss equality matters in her Department; and when she next plans to meet them.
(190271)
417
N
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the current average basic pay for full-time equivalent (a) men and (b) women in (i) AA, (ii) AO and (iii) EO or equivalent grades is in each of her Department's bargaining units.
(190272)
418
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what steps she is taking to encourage train operators to make on board internet available on long distance services; and if she will make a statement.
(190527)
419
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many fatalities at footpath rail crossings caused by (a) accidents, (b) trespassers, (c) suicides and (d) other circumstances there were in each of the last three years.
(190490)
420
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what representations she has received from archaeological groups on investigations to determine the extent of historical workings or artefacts prior to the commencement of works on the A13 Sadlers Farm junction.
(190492)
421
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions she has had with the franchise operator c2c on (a) the timing of franchise renewal and (b) the criteria for bidding for the franchise.
(190493)
422
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what (a) further research she has conducted and (b) representations she has received on the potential impact on the SS Richard Montgomery wreck of dredging the Thames Estuary for the Thames Gate Port shipping channel; and if she will make a statement.
(190494)
423
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the (a) value and (b) start date was of each private finance initiative project approved by her Department in each of the last three financial years.
(190808)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
424
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what the (a) value and (b) start date was of each private finance initiative project approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years.
(190810)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
425
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what discussions she has had with other government departments on discrimination in the supply of goods and services to people on the basis of age.
(190505)
426
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what research she has commissioned on the incidence of discrimination in the supply of goods and services to people on the basis of age; and if she will make a statement.
(190506)
427
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, how many receptions she has hosted and funded in her capacity as Minister for Women and Equality; which individuals and organisations (a) were invited to and (b) attended each reception; and what the cost was of each reception.
(190804)
428
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, if she will evaluate the merits of the application of gender responsive budgeting in the Government's public expenditure process; and if she will make a statement.
(190477)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
429
Roger Berry (Kingswood): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what conclusions his Department has reached in fulfilment of the duty under section 3.111 of the statutory code of practice of the disability equality duty.
(190764)
430
N
Rosie Cooper (West Lancashire): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people received winter fuel payments in West Lancashire constituency in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(189826)
431
N
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many tranquiliser addicts are in receipt of disability benefits.
(190357)
432
Mr David Evennett (Bexleyheath & Crayford): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the average annual income of a pensioner household in (a) Bexleyheath and Crayford and (b) London in the last period for which figures are available.
(190727)
433
N
Mr Frank Field (Birkenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of collection of unpaid child support maintenance by private companies to which the work has been outsourced.
(190028)
434
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, when he expects to answer Question 173276, on customer call centres, tabled on 6th December 2007 by the hon. Member for Falmouth and Camborne.
(190895)
435
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, under what regulation the automatic entitlement of registered blind claimants to the higher rate of mobility allowance was removed.
(190268)
436
N
Mr Terry Rooney (Bradford North): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, by what mechanisms the requirement for a national insurance number to make an application for housing benefit and council tax benefit was introduced.
(190269)
437
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Oral Answer of 18th February 2008, Official Report, column 16, what the evidential basis is for his statement that UK citizens retiring to Spain have the same access to social services as people from other parts of the EU retiring to the UK.
(190596)
438
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) research he has conducted and (b) representations he has received on the recognition of polygamous marriages.
(190489)
439
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the (a) value and (b) start date was of each private finance initiative project approved by his Department in each of the last three financial years.
(190811)
440
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is taking to meet the Lisbon Treaty strategy objective of increasing female employment; and if he will make a statement.
(190890)
441
N
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what his Department's estimate is of the number of children in (a) the UK, (b) Wales, (c) Scotland and (d) England living in families with incomes at or below 60 per cent. of median incomes; and what estimate he has made of the numbers living in such families in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(189727)
442
Mark Williams (Ceredigion): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what targets are set for Jobcentre Plus contact centre telephone operators.
(190503)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
443
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many and what percentage of rural households in Yorkshire and the Humber have access to (a) dial-up, (b) broadband and (c) high speed broadband internet connections; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (190806)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
444
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 25th February 2008 to the hon. Member for Peterborough, Official Report, column 753, on inward migration, what the figure was for (a) inward migration and (b) net migration in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (190860)
445
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his most recent estimate is of the number of non-UK born persons in employment in each county of the UK in each of the last five years.
[Transferred] (190816)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
446
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2008, Official Report, column 1318W, on planning permission: renewable energy, if she will provide a list of the no overall control council authorities referred to in the table.
[Transferred] (190894)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
447
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate his Department has made of the number of Iraqi citizens formerly employed by the Ministry of Defence expected to apply for (a) the UK Gateway scheme and (b) indefinite leave to enter on an exceptional basis outside the Immigration Rules in 2008-09.
[Transferred] (189895)
448
N
Mr David Lidington (Aylesbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much financial support the Government paid to Iraqi citizens formerly employed by the Ministry of Defence awaiting resettlement under the UK Gateway programme in third countries in each month since October 2007; and how many Iraqi citizens formerly employed by the Ministry of Defence have received financial support whilst awaiting resettlement.
[Transferred] (189896)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
449
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what the role and mission is of the Western European Union; what assessment he has made of its impact in European security; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (190691)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
450
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many prisoners at HM Prison Bullingdon have completed their sentences and are awaiting extradition.
[Transferred] (190688)
451
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the longest period is at HM Prison Bullingdon for which a prisoner who has completed a sentence has been awaiting extradition.
[Transferred] (190689)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
452
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what the budget is for HM Prison Bullingdon in the 2007-08 financial year for English language teaching; and what the budget was in 2006-07.
[Transferred] (190687)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
453
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether the UK has implemented the UN Convention against Corruption.
[Transferred] (190873)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
454
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) successful and (b) unsuccessful prosecutions under the Proceeds of Crime Acts 2002 and 2005 there have been; how much has been recovered under these Acts; and what the cost of recovery was.
[Transferred] (190754)
455
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what (a) research he has commissioned and (b) representations he has received on the recognition of polygamous marriages.
[Transferred] (190488)
456
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many prisoners detained in Essex have been classified as in need of assistance for mental health problems; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (190704)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
457
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, under what legislation CCTV cameras may be used to enforce parking restrictions; what guidance she has (a) issued and (b) plans to issue in the next 12 months to local authorities on the use of such cameras, with particular reference to the impact on (i) disabled drivers and (ii) drivers collecting passengers or unloading goods; what discussions she has had with motoring groups about the use of such cameras; and if she will make a statement.
[Transferred] (190881)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
458
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, how many personal injury accidents there were on the A55 in Wales in each of the last five years; and how many involved at least one heavy goods vehicle in each year.
[Transferred] (190565)

 
contents
 
House of Commons home page Houses of Parliament home page House of Lords home page search page enquiries

© Parliamentary copyright 2008
Revised 28 February 2008