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The Questions Book

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 8 May 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 8 May 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 8 May 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 8 May 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 8 May of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 8 May see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what the criteria are for the selection of companies undertaking feasibility studies for the Severn Tidal Power project.
(204522)
2
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what plans he has to assist low income households with the rising costs of fuel for heating.
(204523)
3
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, when he was informed that Shell would be withdrawing from the London Array wind farm project.
(204094)
4
N
Charles Hendry (Wealden): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what representations he has received from participants in the London Array wind farm project on (a) the operation of the renewable obligation certificates system and (b) the Government's proposed changes to the system.
(204095)
5
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what progress his Department has made towards its diversity targets for 2008.
(204658)
6
Sir Robert Smith (West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer from the Secretary of State for Scotland of 23rd April 2008, Official Report, column 2042W, on gas production, when the joint Government/industry taskforce (a) last met and (b) will next meet.
[R] (204478)
7
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what representations he has received on trials of post office outreach branches in Essex.
(204724)
8
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what visits he has made to Essex in an official capacity in the last 12 months.
(204728)
9
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many individuals have been declared bankrupt in (a) East Dunbartonshire constituency and (b) in each Government office region in each of the last five years; and what forecast he has made of the number of personal bankruptcies in each of the next five years.
(204582)
10
Mr Andrew Tyrie (Chichester): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd April 2008, Official Report, column 1078W, on nuclear power, from which elements and components the 10 per cent. discount rate is derived; and what value is assigned to each.
(204595)
11
N
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, pursuant to his Oral Statement of 30th April 2008, Official Report, column 333, if he will place in the Library a copy of the study undertaken on behalf of his Department by Mott MacDonald on the costs and benefits of smart metering.
(204024)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
12
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the latest version of each tax credit (a) form, (b) standard award notice and (c) standard letter sent to claimants.
(204483)
13
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many children were the subject of payments under the childcare element of the tax credit in each year since the provision was introduced; what the average payment per child was in each such year; what the total expenditure on the childcare element was in each year; and what estimate he has made of the proportion of those eligible who claimed the childcare element in each year.
(204643)
14
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much his Department has spent (a) to raise public awareness of and (b) on consumer protection measures relating to fraud associated with illegal share sales boiler room operations in the last 12 months.
(204155)
15
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of cases of fraud involving illegal share sales boiler room operations in 2007.
(204156)
16
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Ministerial responsibilities of the hon. Member for Birmingham, Hodge Hill are within his Department.
(204504)
17
Mr Roger Godsiff (Birmingham, Sparkbrook & Small Heath): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what discussions he has had with Ministerial colleagues in the Department for Communities and Local Government on the impact of bingo club closures; and what the outcome was of those discussions.
(204482)
18
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the change in revenue from vehicle excise duty resulting from the change in the effective registration date for band F vehicles from 23rd March 2006 to 1st March 2001 set out on page 122 of the Budget 2008 Red Book; what estimate he has made of the number of vehicles affected; and if he will make a statement.
(204170)
19
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of motorists who will be liable for vehicle excise duty at (a) a higher, (b) a lower and (c) the same rate in 2010-11 compared with 2007-08 following the entry into force of the rates announced in Budget 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(204171)
20
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much and what proportion of the projected increase in revenue from vehicle excise duty by 2010-11 noted in table 1.2, page 9 of the Budget 2008 Red Book is accounted for by the move of the qualifying registration date for new cars in band F from 23rd March 2006 to 1st March 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(204172)
21
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date he decided that those vehicles registered after 1st March 2001 and falling within vehicle excise duty band F would fall within new bank K in 2009-10 and new band L in 2010-11; and if he will make a statement.
(204173)
22
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, pursuant to the Answer of 6th May 2008, Official Report, column 826W, on income tax: tax rates and bands, what representations he has received on compensating (a) carers and (b) retirees between the ages of 50 and 59 years who are paying more tax as a result of the abolition of the 10 pence starting rate; what plans he has to consult on mechanisms to compensate such carers and retirees; and if he will make a statement.
(204671)
23
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of the Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204709)
24
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what recent representations he has received on using taxation policy to (a) encourage healthy eating and (b) influence diets; and if he will make a statement.
(204726)
25
N
Mr Desmond Swayne (New Forest West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the amount of tax overpaid by pensioners who opt for four weekly or quarterly pension payments but whose tax codes assume 52 weekly payments in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(203297)
26
Jo Swinson (East Dunbartonshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the (a) average level of household debt and (b) average level of household debt as a proportion of income was in each region in each of the last five years; and what forecast he has made of average levels of household debt in each region in each of the next five years.
(204581)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
27
Dr Brian Iddon (Bolton South East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which local education authorities in England provide funds for home education.
(204696)
28
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204700)
29
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number and proportion of secondary schools offering an extended school service (a) at least once a week and (b) more than once a week in each year for which figures are available.
(204158)
30
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many childcare staff left the profession within (a) one, (b) two, (c) three, (d) four and (e) five years of entering the profession in the latest period for which figures are available.
(204159)
31
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children's centre outreach workers he proposes to provide by 2010.
(204176)
32
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the number of children's centres to be located in the super output areas ranked in the (a) first to third, (b) fourth to seventh and (c) eighth to tenth deciles of deprivation by 2010.
(204177)
33
N
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many outrearch workers he proposes to provide in each children's centre in the super output areas ranked in the (a) first to third, (b) fourth to seventh and (c) eighth to tenth deciles of deprivation by 2010.
(204178)
34
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if his Department will accredit a specialist qualification, recognised by the British Dyslexia Association, for teachers in assessing and supporting dyslexic children.
(204028)
35
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment his Department has made of the merits of a system to identify children at risk of dyslexia as early as possible in the education system.
(204029)
36
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much funding his Department allocated to initiatives to ensure the safety of child runaways in each of the last three years.
(204469)
37
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to the Answer of 6th June 2007 to the hon. Member for Banbury, Official Report, columns 625-26W, on business: education, what discussions officials in his Department have had on a second round of Enterprise Summer School Pathfinders to take place in 2008.
(204633)
38
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to the Answer of 6th June 2007 to the hon. Member for Banbury, Official Report, columns 625-26W, on business: education, what funding is available for a second round of Enterprise Summer School Pathfinders to take place in 2008.
(204634)
39
Mr Mark Prisk (Hertford & Stortford): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, with reference to the Answer of 6th June 2007 to the hon. Member for Banbury, Official Report, columns 625-26W, on business: education, what factors have been taken into account in determining whether to proceed with a second round of Enterprise Summer School Pathfinders in 2008.
(204635)
40
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what representations he has received on the effects of the Environment Agency's requirements for flood risk assessments on development related to the Building Schools for the Future programme in (a) Canvey Island and (b) Essex.
(204601)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
41
N
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what proportion of contracts awarded to third sector organisations that provide services in Heywood and Middleton constituency were three year contracts in the latest period for which information is available.
(202913)
42
N
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what progress has been made towards ensuring third sector organisations providing services in Heywood and Middleton constituency are awarded three year contracts.
(202915)
43
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, whether the Cabinet Office met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204701)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
44
Mr Clive Betts (Sheffield, Attercliffe): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions she has had with the Association of British Insurers on the use of Section 4.4 of the Technical Briefing on Fire Performance of Sandwich Panel Systems document (2003) by panel manufacturers.
(204531)
45
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will issue guidance to (a) home improvement agencies and (b) other agencies responsible for introducing energy efficiency measures on the effect of different weather conditions on older Bradstone-built houses when adapting those houses through the installation of cavity wall insulation.
(204674)
46
N
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homes have been (a) built, (b) placed on sale and (c) sold through (i) Social HomeBuy, (ii) New Build HomeBuy, (iii) Open Market HomeBuy and (iv) the First Time Buyer Initiative in each region in England since 1st April 2006.
(204262)
47
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the approach in the draft planning policy statement on eco-towns will follow the approach to national policy statements envisaged in the Planning Bill, with particular reference to local publicity, consultation and parliamentary scrutiny.
(204672)
48
Mrs Jacqui Lait (Beckenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which national policy statements will be designated within the next two years; and when she expects to publish drafts of each statement for consultation.
(204699)
49
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether her Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204702)
50
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what information her Department holds on local authorities' equity to debt ratios; and what guidance her Department provides to local authorities on appropriate levels for those ratios.
(204641)
51
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning appeals the Planning Inspectorate has considered in relation to lap dancing clubs in the last 36 months.
(204487)
52
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the cost to the public purse was of the visit by the Chinese Ambassador and the right hon. Member for Kingston upon Hull to Mr Chu's China Palace in Kingston upon Hull in April 2004 according to records created during the existence of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
(204493)
53
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library copies of the People Panels report produced as part of the council tax revaluation in England exercise to test the banding notifications.
(204494)
54
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library copies of the Valuation Office Agency's Billing Authority Newsletter from the last 36 months.
(204495)
55
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many times the Valuation Office Agency's Local Authority Liaison Group met in the last 36 months.
(204496)
56
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many local authorities routinely submit CR10 reports to the Valuation Office Agency.
(204497)
57
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the funding arrangements are for (a) regional empowerment consortiums, (b) regional improvement and efficiency partnerships, (c) e-Government regional partnerships and (d) regional equality and diversity partnerships.
(204498)
58
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households in England were on local authority waiting lists for social housing in 2007.
(204499)
59
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what steps her Department is taking to help billing authorities improve the collection rates of (a) council tax and (b) business rates; and if she will ask the Audit Commission to initiate an investigation following the recent Office of Fair Trading report.
(204505)
60
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what estimate her Department has made of the cost to local authorities of collusion, bid rigging or cover pricing by the construction sector in the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(204506)
61
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will list each type of local council tax discount introduced by billing authorities under the Local Government Act 2003 in the most recent financial year for which figures are available.
(204507)
62
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what matched funding the Government has provided to programmes under the INTERREG III programme.
(204508)
63
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many dwellings were demolished in each Housing Market Renewal pathfinder area in each year since its inception; and how much was allocated from the public purse towards such demolitions in each year.
(204509)
64
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what central funding is being provided to support the INTERREG IV programme.
(204512)
65
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average period of time a household spent on local authority waiting lists before obtaining social housing was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(204516)
66
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many households are liable for council tax and are not exempt or in receipt of 100 per cent. council tax benefit.
(204517)
67
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assessment she has made of the effect of the unrest in the financial markets and housing market on the number of planning applications made.
(204518)
68
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much the Government paid to local authorities as a landfill tax rebate in each year since 2003.
(204519)
69
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many homeless households were in temporary accommodation in (a) each Government Office region and (b) each local authority in each year since 1997.
(204520)
70
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what her target is for the number of transactions under each of the (a) Social Market Homebuy, (b) New Build Homebuy and (c) Open Market Homebuy schemes annually.
(204521)
71
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what the average equity in (a) percentage and (b) cash terms purchased by a homeowner under the (a) Social Market Homebuy, (b) New Build Homebuy and (c) Open Market Homebuy schemes has been since each such scheme was established.
(204576)
72
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, whether the Dwellinghouse Coding Guide has been updated since 27th January 2005 in whole or part by the Valuation Office Agency.
(204577)
73
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will place in the Library a copy of the INTERACT Handbook on the European Grouping of Territorial Co-operation.
(204579)
74
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 19th March 2008, Official Report, columns 1206-7W, on INTERACT programme, which INTERACT working groups representatives from her Department have attended in the last 12 months.
(204580)
75
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what assumptions are made on the amount of waste and recycling produced each week in litres by family homes in determining the Code for Sustainable Homes recommendations on household waste storage capacity.
(204722)
76
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how much her Department and its predecessor spent on entertaining in each of the last five years.
(203738)
77
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what discussions she has had with Castle Point Borough Council on gap funding for the Canvey Seafront Improvement scheme; and if she will make a statement.
(204597)
78
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations she has received on the economic impact of the Canvey Island Seafront Improvement scheme.
(204600)
79
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what representations she has received on the Environment Agency's requirements for flood risk assessments prior to development on Canvey Island; and if she will make a statement.
(204602)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
80
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what recent assessment he has made of the adequacy of support for grassroots football; and if he will make a statement.
(204636)
81
Mr Roger Gale (North Thanet): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment his Department has made of the impact of the provisions of the Gambling Act 2005 on the (a) seaside amusement arcade and (b) bingo industries.
(204587)
82
Mr John Grogan (Selby): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions with representatives of the English Cricket Board he has had on the broadcasting of Test match cricket for the period from 2010.
(204510)
83
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, in respect of what projects (a) the Arts Council, (b) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, (c) Sport England and (d) English Heritage received ring-fenced funding in each of the last three years; what the cost of each such project was in each year; which projects he expects to receive such funding in each of the next three years; and what estimate he has made of each such project in each of the next three years.
(204160)
84
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many (a) hits and (b) unique visitors the Cultural Leadership programme's website received in each of the last 12 months.
(204161)
85
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the performance of the Cultural Leadership programme; and if he will make a statement.
(204162)
86
N
Mr Jeremy Hunt (South West Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what resources (a) his Department, (b) the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, (c) the Arts Council and (d) the Creative and Cultural Skills Council plan to make available to the Cultural Leadership programme in each of the next three years.
(204163)
87
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204704)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
88
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 30th April 2008, Official Report, column 484W, on military aircraft: helicopters, what the average number of flying hours flown by helicopter pilots was in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan in the last 12 months.
(204555)
89
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 29th April 2008, Official Report, column 266W, on armoured fighting vehicles, how many days there were between the first and last shipping dates for the (a) Mastiff and (b) Bulldog to (i) Iraq and (ii) Afghanistan.
(204556)
90
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2008, Official Report, column 1492W, on fuels, what percentage of the £80 million was paid for from the Treasury Reserve.
(204557)
91
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7th February 2008, Official Report, column 1492W, on fuels, how much his Department spent on fuel in each year from 2005-06 to 2007-08, broken down by type of fuel.
(204558)
92
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many interpreters his Department employs in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan; and how much they cost in the latest period for which figures are available.
(204559)
93
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what period has elapsed since personnel serving with 2nd Battalion The Rifles were last deployed on operations.
(204560)
94
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many members of the Territorial Army are on active service in (a) Iraq and (b) Afghanistan.
(204561)
95
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the average age of the Lynx helicopter fleet will be in 2014.
(204562)
96
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many officer applications were received by the Army in each year since 2001.
(204563)
97
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what Royal Navy assets will participate in the EU review of naval forces in Toulon in October 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(204564)
98
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the mission for the deployment of the UK Operational Reserve Force to Kosovo is.
(204565)
99
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which unit will provide the Spearhead Land Element requirement for the UK during the service in Kosovo of the 2nd Battalion The Rifles.
(204566)
100
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what pan-Balkans (a) Ready Battalion and (b) Standby Battalion Operational Reserve Force is available to support European Force Althea in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
(204567)
101
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what assessment he has made of the effect on the UK's rapid reaction capability of deploying the Spearhead Land Element in support of the pan-Balkans Ready Battalion Operational Reserve Force to Kosovo.
(204568)
102
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the Mesopotamia Group has requested rotary wing air escort since the start of the ISAF Contracted Air Transport contract.
(204569)
103
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Ordnance factories closed in each year since 1997.
(204570)
104
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what type of helicopters will support British forces operating in Kosovo.
(204571)
105
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to his announcement of 6th May 2008, what the source of funding for the £24 million to be provided to the Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre Headley Court is.
(204572)
106
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much his Department provided to the Sandhurst Foundation in each year since 1997.
(204573)
107
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Fighting in Built-Up Areas training facilities there are.
(204575)
108
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Ordnance factories there were in each year since 1997.
(204591)
109
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204703)
110
Mr Elliot Morley (Scunthorpe): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will consider issuing a campaign medal to those who served in Bomber Command in the Second World War; and if he will make a statement.
(204584)
111
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he will take to (a) minimise the potential for disruption and (b) retain (i) skills and (ii) service levels in relation to the proposed re-location of the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (204670)
112
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of the business case for the re-location of the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (204676)
113
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the cost to his Department associated with relocating the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency; and if he will make a statement.
[R] (204677)
114
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to make a statement on the proposed relocation of the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency.
[R] (204678)
115
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what consideration is being given to the use of the SeQual Eclipse Oxygen System in British ambulance systems in theatre.
(204606)
116
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of Territorial Army personnel are drawn from (a) small, (b) medium and (c) large businesses.
(204607)
117
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of participants in trips and functions under the SaBRE campaign came from (a) small, (b) medium and (c) large businesses in the last period for which figures are avaialble.
(204608)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
118
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what advice his Department's Chief Scientist has given on the sustainability of the Government's policy on biofuels; and if he will make a statement .
(204165)
119
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will commission research on the effects of activities thought to contribute to anthropomorphic climate change, including overgrazing and deforestation, on trends in the levels of global food prices; and if he will make a statement.
(204684)
120
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will commission research on the effects of G8 agricultural subsidies on trends in global food prices; and if he will make a statement.
(204685)
121
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what proportion of farmers in (a) Forest of Dean constituency and (b) England have not yet received their Single Farm Payment for (i) 2005, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(204032)
122
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29th April 2008, Official Report, columns 280-1W, on angling: licensing, what steps the Environment Agency is taking to improve disabled and senior anglers access to angling; and if he will make a statement.
(204091)
123
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29th April 2008, Official Report, columns 280-1W, on angling: licensing, what proportion of the monies raised by higher duty rates will be used to improve access to angling for disabled and senior anglers.
(204092)
124
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what estimate he has made of the costs of pollution prevention and control permits in other EU member states for benchmarking purposes; and if he will make a statement.
(204524)
125
Martin Horwood (Cheltenham): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21st April 2008, Official Report, columns 1371-2W, which (a) special areas of conservation with marine components and (b) special protection areas with marine components in UK inshore waters listed on the Joint Nature Conservation Council website are not included on the European Commission's equivalent lists; and for what reasons in each case.
(204477)
126
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the impact on the East Coast of dredging for aggregates in the North Sea, with particular reference to the impact on coastal sea defences; and whether aggregates obtained from dredging of riverbeds and main watercourses are used by the construction industry.
(204586)
127
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204705)
128
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research his Department and its agencies have commissioned, funded or utilised on the social impact of charging for the collection of household waste.
(204484)
129
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department has undertaken research into the potential risk of lung damage and other allergic reactions from household waste storage and collection practices amongst (a) immuno-compromised patients and (b) people with fungi allergies.
(204485)
130
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effect on fly-tipping of the landfill tax escalator.
(204486)
131
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many individuals have been issued with fixed penalty notices for breaching (a) no side and (b) closed lid waste collection policies since such notices were introduced.
(204490)
132
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what guidance has been issued to waste collection authorities by (a) his Department and (b) the Waste and Resources Action Programme on (a) closed lid and (b) no-side waste collections.
(204500)
133
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what support is being provided by his Department to promote food waste collection for the commercial sector.
(204501)
134
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the timetable is for the introduction and commencement of joint waste authorities.
(204502)
135
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations have been made to his Department on (a) charges for the collection of household waste and (b) regulations regarding powers to fine in relation to household waste offences, by police forces, police authorities or those representing them.
(204503)
136
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what records his Department holds on the average cost of farmland in different parts of England.
(204511)
137
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what payments the Environment Agency made to Zennor Consulting Ltd in each of the last three years; and on what date and for what purpose each such payment was made.
(204532)
138
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what powers waste collection authorities have to enter (a) the curtilage of a property and (b) a property; under what circumstances such powers may be exercised; what powers such authorities have to inspect the contents of such domestic rubbish receptacles; and what penalty may be imposed upon householders who refuse entry to waste collection authority representatives by the authority.
(204534)
139
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 21st April 2008, Official Report, column 1373W, on waste disposal: fees and charges, if he will place in the Library a copy of the August letter to local authorities on section 46 powers.
(204578)
140
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will make it his policy to subsidise fuel for British fishing fleets; and if he will make a statement.
(204093)
141
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received on the use of land owned by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for improvements to the A130 Canvey Way.
(204596)
142
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what representations he has received from Castle Point Borough Council in relation to the Environment Agency's assessment of its recycling plan; and if he will make a statement.
(204640)
143
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many sites in (a) Castle Point constituency and (b) constituencies adjacent to Castle Point monitor air quality.
(204697)
144
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what visits he has made to Essex in the last 12 months.
(204698)
145
Mr Hugo Swire (East Devon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he will decide his policy on whether to cull badgers to combat bovine tuberculosis; and if he will make a statement.
(204659)
146
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what legal advice he has received on whether an environmental damage assessment is required in relation to fishing and related activities within the proposed offshore special area of conservation sites at (a) Braemar Pockmarks, (b) Scanner Pockmark, (c) North Norfolk sandbanks and Saturn Reef, (d) Haig Frais, (e) Stanton Banks, (f) Darwin Mounds and (g) Wyville Thomson Ridge.
(204638)
147
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will propose the Dogger Bank as an offshore special area of conservation under the EU Habitats Directive; and if he will make a statement.
(204639)
148
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what initial assessment he has made of the effects of site waste management plans on waste management practices.
(204654)
149
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps he is taking to ensure that waste from projects on construction sites with an estimated cost of less than £300,000 is disposed of properly; and if he will make a statement.
(204655)
150
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what research his Department has recently (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated relating to (i) litter and (ii) fly-tipping in England.
(204656)
151
Mr Roger Williams (Brecon & Radnorshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether his Department monitors the number of visitors to the Knowledge Bank on litter run by his Department and ENCAMS.
(204657)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
152
John Bercow (Buckingham): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent estimate he has made of the number of political prisoners in Cuba.
(204583)
153
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether defence attachés or military representatives of EU Member states will form part of the EU's proposed External Action Service; and if he will make a statement.
(204574)
154
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what plans he has to support media and election monitoring in the Maldives in the run up to multi-party elections; and if he will make a statement.
(204679)
155
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with the government of the Maldives on the (a) establishment of (i) an election commission, (ii) a judicial commission and (iii) an anti-corruption commission ahead of the multi-party elections and (b) on the subsequent operation of such commissions.
(204686)
156
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what discussions he has had with his EU counterparts on attempts to rename the English Channel.
(204026)
157
N
Mr Greg Knight (East Yorkshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make it his policy to oppose any moves to change the name of the English Channel at the next United Nations Conference on the Standardization of Geographical Names.
(204027)
158
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of the Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204706)
159
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what contribution the UK is making to international efforts to ensure a fair election in the Maldives; and if he will make a statement.
(204593)
160
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will publish the correspondence between officials from his Department and the Malaysian authorities concerning the Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal.
(204651)
161
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 29th April 2008, Official Report, column 371W, on Malaysia Military Decorations, on (a) how many occasions and (b) what dates officials from his Department and the Malaysian High Commission met to discuss the Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal.
(204652)
162
Mr Don Touhig (Islwyn): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, for what reasons there was no correspondence between the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals and the Malaysian authorities prior to the decision by the Committee that British veterans may accept, but not wear the Pingat Jasa Malaysia Medal.
(204653)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
163
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure the NHS provides effective care to people in the first hours following a stroke.
(204025)
164
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the polyclinic model of health service delivery does not have an adverse impact on the continuity of care for people with long-term conditions currently afforded by the doctor-patient relationship in primary care.
(204745)
165
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that people with mobility problems or other disabilities secondary to chronic health conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis will be able to access polyclinics and other primary care services in rural areas.
(204746)
166
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the optimum NHS commissioning strategies needed to achieve the 18 week target for (a) orthopaedic and (b) rheumatology appointments; and if he will make a statement.
(204747)
167
Mrs Janet Dean (Burton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made in relation to the World Class Commissioning Initiative of best practice in the commissioning of services for long-term conditions, such as arthritis, which do not currently feature as clinical indicators in the quality and outcomes framework of the General Medical Services contract.
(204748)
168
N
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what data are used by commissioners to determine the need for specialised palliative and neurological care in Heywood and Middleton constituency.
(202914)
169
N
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what progress has been made in implementing the targets in the National Service Framework for Long Term Conditions in Heywood and Middleton constituency.
(202916)
170
N
Jim Dobbin (Heywood & Middleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence guidance on supportive and palliative care has been fully implemented in Heywood and Middleton constituency.
(202917)
171
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will establish a separate medicines appraisal system for ultra-orphan drugs; and if he will make a statement.
(204525)
172
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will take steps to require primary care trusts (PCTs) to establish formal mechanisms to receive and consider applications from patients and clinicians for treatments not usually funded by the PCT.
(204526)
173
Dr Ian Gibson (Norwich North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will issue guidance to primary care trusts (PCTs) on exceptional case processes setting out best practice on (a) appeals, (b) liaison with patient advice and liaison services and (c) training for exceptional case committee members; if he will direct PCTs to publish data on the processing of exceptional cases; and if he will make a statement.
(204527)
174
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration his Department has given to increasing the number of (a) health facilitators and (b) learning disability liaison nurses in the NHS; and if he will make a statement.
(204675)
175
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the funds and resources required to implement the mesothelioma framework.
(204680)
176
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations his Department has received on the implementation of the mesothelioma framework.
(204681)
177
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which NHS trusts have a disability equality scheme in place; and how many such schemes include provision to meet the needs of patients with learning disabilities.
(204682)
178
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people with a learning disability had a health action plan in place at the latest date for which figures are available.
(204683)
179
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) learning disability liaison nurses and (b) health facilitators there are in the National Health Service; and how many of each are on (i) permanent and (ii) fixed-term contracts.
(204689)
180
Mr Mike Hancock (Portsmouth South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what plans he has to reduce the health inequalities experienced by people with a learning disability; and if he will make a statement.
(204690)
181
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of accident and emergency department admissions (a) in England and (b) at Gloucestershire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust were seen, treated and discharged or admitted within target times set in the most recent period for which figures are available; what the (i) average and (ii) longest waiting time for emergency treatment was in each of the last three years; and if he will make a statement.
(204030)
182
N
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of prisoners received treatment for mental illness in the last five years for which figures are available.
(204175)
183
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of the Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204717)
184
Mr Chris Mullin (Sunderland South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that older people in care homes receive a minimum standard of care; and if he will make a statement.
(204592)
185
N
Mr Mark Oaten (Winchester): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 28th April 2008, Official Report, columns 154-61W, on social services, what outcomes of assessments for social care needs are included in his Department's definition of other sequel.
(204134)
186
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 25th January 2007, Official Report, column 2045W, on the Pregnancy Book, what options are under consideration for the future of the Pregnancy Book, contingent on the outcome of the review.
(204513)
187
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will assess the effect of the implementation of the Working Time Directive in other EU member states on the ability of UK citizens to access healthcare of equal quality in those states.
(204514)
188
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS doctors worked for 48 hours a week or fewer in the latest period for which figures are available.
(204530)
189
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of NHS employees who were also serving members of the British armed forces in each of the last 10 years.
(204474)
190
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of viable human organs available under the NHS Organ Donor Register that were not used for a transplant operation in each year since 1997.
(204475)
191
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) intensive care and (b) high dependency unit beds were available for (i) children and (ii) adults within primary care trusts in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(204590)
192
Mike Penning (Hemel Hempstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of occasions in each London primary care trust when a patient could not be accommodated in a (a) intensive care and (b) high dependency unit because of the lack of an available bed in each year since 1997.
(204609)
193
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions at 24 weeks gestation and later there were in England in 2007.
(204476)
194
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of incidents of volatile substance abuse arising from the sale of butane cigarette lighter fuel in the latest period for which figures are available.
(204489)
195
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the contribution independent pharmacies make to the provision of access to primary health care; and if he will make a statement.
(203576)
196
N
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the likely effects of polyclinics on independent pharmacies.
(203616)
197
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make it his policy to collect information on numbers of independent pharmacies.
(204598)
198
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the effect of the centralisation of primary healthcare services on pharmacy services to vulnerable groups; and if he will make a statement.
(204599)
199
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many day centres serving people with learning disabilities and their families have closed since March 2001; and what alternative services were provided in each case.
(204610)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
200
Mr Peter Bone (Wellingborough): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what representations she has received on changes to the Asylum and Immigration (Treatment of Claimants etc) Act 2004 which may be required to enable the Government to implement the Council of Europe Convention on Human Trafficking.
(204632)
201
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many police officers there were per 100,000 population in each police force area in each of the last five years, ranked in order of highest to lowest ratio.
(204644)
202
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of those with (a) permanent and (b) temporary visas to reside in the UK have a criminal record.
(204153)
203
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people have been (a) arrested and (b) charged over the failed car bomb attacks on London and Glasgow in June 2007.
(204411)
204
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many persons arrested on suspicion of terrorist offences since 1st August 2007 have been detained for 14 days or longer before being charged or released.
(204412)
205
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many violent crimes were committed per head of population in each crime and disorder partnership area in Cheshire in each year since 1998-99.
(204413)
206
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many homicides there have been in Cheshire since 1998-99, broken down by method of killing.
(204414)
207
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what guidance has been provided to police forces in England and Wales on dealing with fraud associated with boiler room operations.
(204154)
208
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many people were (a) arrested and (b) convicted for offences relating to fraud by boiler room operations in 2007.
(204157)
209
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether her Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204716)
210
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many spouses of UK citizens from Pakistan left the marital home within two years and (a) were deported, (b) were granted leave to remain and (c) are believed still to be in the UK in the latest period for which figures are available.
(204529)
211
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many community police officers there are in Halifax.
(204488)
212
Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of suspected child exploitation were received by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) from Bebo in the last 12 months; and what length of time elapsed between the report being made to Bebo and its receipt by CEOP in each case.
(204692)
213
Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many reports of suspected child exploitation were received by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) from My Space via the US National Center for Missing and Exploited Children in the last 12 months; and what the length of time between each report being filed by a UK customer and its receipt by CEOP in each case was.
(204693)
214
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when the Director-General of the Border Agency will reply to the hon. Member for Warley's letter of 18th March 2008 regarding Mr Waseem Khan.
(204479)
215
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to involve representatives of shooting interests in the setting of the cost of firearm and shotgun certificates and related authorisations; and if she will make it her policy to consult such representatives before any fee increase.
[R] (204604)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
216
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what recent assessment he has made of (a) overall developments in trans-European student mobility, (b) the European Credit Transfer System, (c) the Europass CV, (d) the Europass Mobility, (e) the Europass Diploma Supplement, (f) the Europass Certificate Supplement and (g) the Europass Language portfolio.
(204588)
217
Mr Tim Boswell (Daventry): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what mechanisms exist for co-ordination of higher education policy between the Government and the devolved administrations.
(204589)
218
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204715)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
219
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204714)
220
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what recent representations he has received on his Department's (a) expenditure and (b) policy on tackling HIV/AIDS in the developing world.
(204720)
221
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what his policy is for tackling HIV/AIDS in the developing world in the next three years; and if he will make a statement.
(204723)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
222
Mr David Anderson (Blaydon): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether he has received a copy of the Centre for Crime and Justice's report on probation resources, staffing and workloads from 2001 to 2008; and if he will make a statement.
(204585)
223
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, when he plans to publish the Government's response to the consultation on the reform of legal processes relating to personal injury law.
(204718)
224
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many special Children Act applications were issued by (a) Cambridgeshire County Council, (b) Cumbria County Council, (c) Kent County Council and (d) Medway Council in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.
(204719)
225
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many special Children Act applications were issued by each local authority in Berkshire in (a) 2005-06, (b) 2006-07 and (c) 2007-08.
(204721)
226
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many Legal Services Commission family contract holders were undertaking special Children Act proceedings work in (a) Berkshire, (b) Cambridgeshire, (c) Cumbria and (d) Kent in (i) October 2005, (ii) October 2006 and (iii) October 2007.
(204725)
227
Mr Henry Bellingham (North West Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how much the Legal Services Commission spent on special Children Act proceedings in (a) Berkshire, (b) Cambridgeshire, (c) Cumbria and (d) Kent in (i) 2005-06, (ii) 2006-07 and (iii) 2007-08.
(204727)
228
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what factors he took into account when deciding to postpone the change to the rates of payment to prisoners.
(204673)
229
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) prison officers, (b) prisoners and (c) prisoners per prison officer there were at the end of each year since 1997.
(204481)
230
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will assess the adequacy of the (a) number and (b) frequency of mandatory drug tests at HMP Peterborough; and if he will make a statement.
(204515)
231
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204713)
232
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 29th February 2008, Official Report, column 1985W, on electronic government: finance, when he plans to make detailed allocations of funding for e-democracy and e-participation projects in the next three years; and what criteria will be used to make those allocations.
(204605)
233
Margaret Moran (Luton South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what proportion of people (a) tried for and (b) convicted of domestic violence offences took part in domestic violence perpetrators' programmes in the last 12 months; what targets there are for levels of participation in such programmes in each probation area; and if he will make a statement.
(204637)
234
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many times physical interventions were used in secure training centres for the purposes of restraint (a) in total and (b) in each year since 2000, broken down by establishment; and if he will make a statement.
(204312)
235
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many injuries were sustained by offenders held in (a) secure training centres, (b) secure children's homes and (c) young offender institutions in each year since 2000, broken down by establishment; and if he will make a statement.
(204313)
236
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many injuries sustained by offenders held in (a) secure training centres, (b) secure children's homes and (c) young offender institutions resulted in the offender receiving hospital treatment in each year since 2000, broken down by establishment; and if he will make a statement.
(204314)
237
N
Jenny Willott (Cardiff Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many instances of prisoner self-harm were recorded in (a) secure training centres, (b) secure children's homes and (c) young offender institutions in each year since 2000, broken down by establishment; and if he will make a statement.
(204315)
Questions to the Leader of the House
238
Mr Graham Allen (Nottingham North): To ask the Leader of the House, how many hon. Members used the allowance for European travel (a) once, (b) twice and (b) three times in 2007-08.
(204594)
239
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Leader of the House, what polling companies held contracts with her Office in 2007-08; and what (a) surveys, (b) questionnaires and (c) other services each provided.
(204691)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
240
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204712)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
241
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what estimate she has made of the proportion of jobs relating to the 2012 Olympic Games which will go to women.
(204694)
242
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, what steps her Department has taken to increase the proportion of women employed in jobs relating to the 2012 Olympic Games.
(204695)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Scotland
243
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland, whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204711)
Questions to the Solicitor General
244
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Solicitor General, pursuant to the Answer of 12th March 2008, Official Report, column 387W, on DNA: international cooperation, when the Crown Prosecution Service inquiry into the lost disc containing DNA profiles of Dutch criminals is now expected to be concluded.
(204254)
245
N
Mark Pritchard (The Wrekin): To ask the Solicitor General, what progress has been made by the review of expert witnesses in criminal trials; and if she will make a statement.
(204033)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
246
N
Mr Peter Ainsworth (East Surrey): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what advice she has (a) sought and (b) received from the Chief Scientist at the Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on sustainability and the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation; and if she will make a statement.
(204164)
247
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will take steps to ensure that the electric version of the proposed Inter-City Express will be equipped with an automatic coupler to facilitate the attachment of a diesel locomotive.
(204179)
248
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what role her Department will have in the procurement process for the new Inter-City Express rolling stock.
(204180)
249
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will take steps to ensure that rail vehicles intended for use on (a) Thameslink and (b) Crossrail routes will be compatible for use on either line.
(204181)
250
Robert Key (Salisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many of the 1,300 extra railway carriages referred to in the high-level output statement published in 2007 have been (a) ordered from manufacturers, (b) delivered and (c) brought into use.
(204480)
251
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether her Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204710)
252
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if she will make it her policy to introduce conditional driving licences prohibiting (a) nighttime driving, (b) driving with passengers and (c) motorway driving until a suite of driving tests and examinations have been passed over a period of years; and if she will make a statement.
(204491)
253
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many (a) men and (b) women died in car accidents in each year since 2000 where the driver was (i) male and (ii) female and aged 21 or under.
(204492)
254
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what funds have been allocated by her Department at national and regional level to Essex County Council's feasibility study into an additional access road for Canvey Island.
(204603)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
255
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, whether his Department met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204708)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
256
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, what projects the Government Equalities Office has taken the lead on since its establishment.
(204687)
257
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, when in 2008 the Government Equalities Office will be the subject of an equal pay audit.
(204688)
258
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, whether the Government Equalities Office met the Civil Service diversity targets set out on page 51 of Cabinet Office Annual Report 2007 by April 2008.
(204707)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
259
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals received a payment from the (a) in work emergency fund and (b) in work emergency fund for lone parents in the most recent 12 month period for which figures are available, broken down by (i) region and (ii) local authority area.
(204645)
260
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many individuals have received a payment from the in work emergency fund in each year since its inception; what the total amount of payment made by the Fund was in each such year; what the cost of administering the fund was in each such year; and what the average administrative cost per payment was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(204646)
261
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what timetable he has set for the pilots of the Better Off in Work Credit; when he plans to introduce the credit nationally; what budget has been set for administering the credit in each of the next three years; and what estimate he has made of the total value of the credit to recipients in each of the next three years.
(204647)
262
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children were in absolute low-income households in each year since 1997; and what proportion of all children these figures represented in each such year, broken down by age.
(204648)
263
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children living in relative poverty were in families with (a) three or more children and (b) four or more children in each year since 1997; and what proportion of (i) children in poverty and (ii) all children these figures represented in each such year.
(204649)
264
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many children with a disability were categorised as materially deprived in each year since 1997; and what proportion of children in each age group this represented in each such year.
(204650)
265
Harry Cohen (Leyton & Wanstead): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what provision the Pathways to Work programme will make for cognitive behavioural therapy in North East London in 2008-09.
(204660)
266
N
Mr Mark Harper (Forest of Dean): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what assessment he has made of the compatibility of UK legislation with the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities; and if he will make a statement.
(204031)
267
N
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of how much and what proportion of private rented accommodation in (a) Cambridge City Council area, (b) the South Cambridgeshire District Council area, (c) Cambridge constituency, (d) South Cambridgeshire constituency and (e) South East Cambridgeshire constituency are available at or below the median rent established by the Rent Service for the relevant broad rental market area.
(204174)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
268
Mr Eric Pickles (Brentwood & Ongar): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which local authorities were participating in the Food Standard Agency's Scores on Doors scheme at the latest date for which information is available.
[Transferred] (204533)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
269
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many multiple entry visitor visas were issued to citizens of Pakistan in each year since 1997.
[Transferred] (204528)

 
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