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Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 15 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.
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Questions for Oral or Written Answer
beginning on Thursday 15 May 2008
(the 'Questions Book')

Part 1: Written Questions for Answer on
Thursday 15 May 2008


This paper contains only Written Questions for answer on Thursday 15 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 15 May of which no previous notice has been given, see the Order Paper.

For Written and Oral Questions for answer after Thursday 15 May see Part 2 of this paper.


Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
1
N
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, which countries have been visited by HRH Prince Andrew in his role as UK Special Representative for Trade and Investment since he took up his position; what the dates were of each visit; what mode of transport he used to travel to and from each country; and how many (a) officials and (b) other people accompanied him on each.
(205890)
2
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what proportion of teaching time in the academic year is allocated to teaching the issue of climate change via the national curriculum.
(206187)
3
Paul Farrelly (Newcastle-under-Lyme): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what maximum penalties are applicable for (a) conspiracy to defraud creditors, (b) fraudulent trading, (c) preferential treatment of creditors and (d) failure to file statutory company accounts and returns within the period set down by law.
(206091)
4
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what projects sponsored by his Department were subject to Gateway reviews in each of the last four years; what status each project was assigned under such reviews; how much his Department spent on Gateway reviews in each such year; and if he will make a statement.
(205871)
5
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what consultants have been contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure his Department has incurred on each such contract to date.
(206211)
6
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what estimate he has made of the average cost of gas to (a) domestic and (b) commercial consumers in each of the last five years.
(206039)
7
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what information he holds on the average cost of gas to (a) domestic and (b) commercial consumers in other EU member states for the purposes of benchmarking.
(206040)
8
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how many post offices in Halifax were closed between 1979 and 1992.
(206087)
9
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what discussions he has had with each of the five largest mobile operators on mobile termination rates in the last six months.
(205818)
10
N
Derek Wyatt (Sittingbourne & Sheppey): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, what representations he has received from the five largest mobile operators on the introduction of two-hour number porting since January 2007.
(205819)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
11
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many staff worked in the (a) escalating cases team and (b) intermediaries team of group 33 on tax credits in each year since it was established; and if he will make a statement.
(205814)
12
N
Danny Alexander (Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, whether requests for TC647 forms are recorded by the Tax Credit Office or HM Revenue and Customs; how many TC647 forms were sent to tax credit claimants in each year since their introduction; and how many claimants have been sent them.
(205815)
13
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what research he has (a) undertaken and (b) plans to undertake into the effects of the increase in excise duty on certain vehicles in the 2009-10 financial year, with particular reference to the effects on the retail value of such vehicles; and if he will make a statement.
(206123)
14
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date the 10 pence income tax band was first announced or described by his Department as an interim or transitional measure; and if he will make a statement.
(206181)
15
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, on what date he approved the increase in personal allowance as announced on 13th May 2008.
(206182)
16
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, when copies of his Oral Statement of 13th May 2008 (a) were planned to be and (b) were made available to (i) hon. Members (A) in the Vote Office and (B) behind the Speaker's chair and (ii) the media.
(206183)
17
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of the number of illegal cigarettes sold in Northern Ireland in the last 12 months; and what proportion that was of the total number of cigarettes sold in Northern Ireland in that period.
(206252)
18
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many enforcement cases brought by HM Revenue and Customs involved taxpayers being declared bankrupt in the last period for which figures are available, broken down by level of claims made.
(205744)
19
N
Mr David Gauke (South West Hertfordshire): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what his policy is on the VAT treatment of sports and leisure trusts; and if he will make a statement.
(205745)
20
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was received in amusement machine licence duty in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2006-07, broken down by category of machine.
(205739)
21
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how much was received in amusement machine licence duty in each month from April 2007 to March 2008, broken down by category of machine.
(205740)
22
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what estimate he has made of likely revenue from amusement machine licence duty in (a) 2008-09, (b) 2009-10 and (c) 2010-11, broken down by category of machine.
(205741)
23
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications for amusement machine licences were received in (a) 2003-04, (b) 2004-05, (c) 2005-06 and (d) 2006-07, broken down by category of machine.
(205742)
24
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many applications for amusement machine licences were received in each month between April 2007 and March 2008, broken down by category of machine.
(205743)
25
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what projects sponsored by his Department were subject to Gateway reviews in each of the last four years; what status each project was assigned under such reviews; how much his Department spent on Gateway reviews in each such year; and if he will make a statement.
(205869)
26
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what consultants were contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure his Department has incurred on each such contract.
(206212)
27
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the additional revenue from capital gains tax if it were levied on companies at the same rate as corporation tax in 2008-09.
(206193)
28
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the additional revenue from capital gains tax if it were levied on individuals at the basic rate of income tax in 2008-09.
(206194)
29
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will bring forward proposals for legislation to provide that any organisation convicted of tax evasion will not be allowed to compete for public contracts.
(206195)
30
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many tax avoidance schemes have been disclosed to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC); and how many of those have been (a) accepted and (b) rejected by HMRC.
(206196)
31
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what initial fees have been collected from companies forming real estate investment trusts under the provisions of the Finance Act 2006.
(206197)
32
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what companies have formed real estate investment trusts under the provisions of the Finance Act 2006.
(206198)
33
Mr Austin Mitchell (Great Grimsby): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will estimate the additional tax revenue that would be raised in 2008-09 if the tax relief on pension contributions were restricted to the basic rate of income tax.
(206199)
34
Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many families in Warrington South constituency were in receipt of child tax credit in each year since the tax credit was introduced; and how much was paid in such credits in that area in each such year.
(206314)
35
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, how many complaints his Department has received on the tax credit system from residents of Hemsworth constituency in the last 12 months.
(205998)
36
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, what the Government's policy is on recovering tax credit overpayments when the individual has no means to repay the debt.
(205999)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families
37
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department is taking to ensure that newly built schools are (a) minimising their gas consumption and (b) maximising their reliance on alternative energy systems such as solar panels and photovoltaic cells.
(206177)
38
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much funding will be available during the 2007-08 Session to refurbish schools with (a) low carbon and (b) sustainable energy systems.
(206184)
39
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps his Department is taking to increase the number of pupils studying for examinations in subjects relevant to the understanding of climate change.
(206186)
40
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of schools provide courses including teaching on (a) ecosystems, (b) microclimates, (c) renewable energy and (d) sustainability.
(206188)
41
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many new schools applied for grants under the Low Carbon Buildings Programme in each year since 2006; and what steps his Department is taking to ensure that schools are aware of the programme.
(206189)
42
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which city academies in each region are most energy efficient.
(206190)
43
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he has taken to improve the management of sustainable energy systems in schools built in the last two years; and if he will make a statement.
(206191)
44
Gregory Barker (Bexhill & Battle): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent representations he has received on the efficacy of farm schools in educating children on environmental matters.
(206192)
45
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what the minimum level qualification in mathematics is for a qualified teacher of mathematics in a (a) primary and (b) secondary school.
(206351)
46
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate he has made of the average level qualification in mathematics of recently qualified teachers of mathematics in (a) primary and (b) secondary schools.
(206352)
47
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when he expects to publish the final report of the review of the teaching of mathematics by Sir Peter Williams.
(206353)
48
Lorely Burt (Solihull): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what assessment he has made of progress made by Connexions in encouraging girls into non-traditional occupations; and what steps he is taking to ensure further progress.
(206157)
49
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what information his Department holds on the (a) demand for and (b) supply of primary school places in each London borough in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(206339)
50
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many children's centres there are in each local authority area; and what funding each local authority has allocated towards children's centres for 2008-09.
(206004)
51
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will estimate the annual cost to the public purse of extending the universal early years entitlement of 12.5 hours a week to (a) two and (b) one and two year olds; and if he will make a statement.
(206144)
52
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, if he will estimate the annual cost to the public purse of increasing the universal early years entitlement to 20 hours a week; and if he will make a statement.
(206145)
53
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what per pupil funding was awarded for three to five year olds taking up the 12.5 hours a week early years entitlement in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(206146)
54
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much his Department has spent on the universal early years entitlement of 12.5 hours a week in each year since 2001; and if he will make a statement.
(206147)
55
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what estimate his Department has made of the number of (a) one to three year olds and (b) three to five year olds in England in each of the next five years; and if he will make a statement.
(206148)
56
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what private organisations are involved in the delivery of the gifted and talented programme; when the contract with each expires; what functions each is undertaking; and if he will make a statement.
(205989)
57
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much each local authority spent on (a) teacher and (b) support staff redundancies in each year from 1997 to 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(205990)
58
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what his latest estimate is of the average annual cost to the public purse of a teacher in a (a) primary and (b) secondary school in each local authority area; and if he will make a statement.
(205991)
59
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many teacher redundancies there were in England in each year from 1997 to 2007; and if he will make a statement.
(205993)
60
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether schools are required to inform parents when their child is identified as having a special educational need; and if he will make a statement.
(206041)
61
Kerry McCarthy (Bristol East): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what steps he is taking to improve access to sport in schools for blind and partially-sighted children.
(206089)
62
Mrs Maria Miller (Basingstoke): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what recent assessment he has made of the capacity of Sure Start centre staff to help children develop language skills.
(206090)
63
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, whether Peter Clarke played a role in the process by which the Ridings School in Halifax was considered for academy status; whether Peter Clarke is employed by his Department; and if he will make a statement.
(206210)
64
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many people from the Youth Sport Trust will attend the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games in whole or in part; and at what cost.
(205746)
65
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what percentage of pupils in secondary education in each local authority in Yorkshire and the Humber was classed as persistent absentees in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(206221)
66
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of children looked after by local authorities achieved the expected level in each key stage examination in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(206222)
67
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of children looked after by local authorities achieved five or more GCSEs at grade C or above in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(206224)
68
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of children looked after by local authorities were entered for (a) no, (b) one, (c) two, (d) three, (e) four and (f) five GCSEs in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(206225)
69
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of children looked after by local authorities moved schools in the 12 months before the sitting of their GCSEs in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(206226)
70
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what percentage of children looked after by local authorities passed a GCSE at grade A* to F in (a) English, (b) science and (c) mathematics in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(206227)
71
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many cases of unauthorised absence by pupils for 10 consecutive school days or more there were in each local authority area in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(206228)
72
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many officials in his Department are working on the development of the Masters level teaching qualification; and if he will make a statement.
(206229)
73
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, what proportion of (a) primary and (b) secondary school teachers had a (i) first, (ii) upper second, (iii) lower second and (iv) third class degree in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(206230)
74
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many applications for teacher training courses beginning in September 2008 have been made; how many were made in each of the previous five years; what assessment he has made of trends in the numbers of applications; and if he will make a statement.
(206231)
75
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of newly-qualified teachers did not take up a teaching position in each of the last five years; what the average cost of training a teacher was in that period; and if he will make a statement.
(206232)
76
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportion of candidates failed initial teacher training in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(206234)
77
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how much was spent on supply teachers in each local authority area in Yorkshire and the Humber in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement.
(206235)
78
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, when courses leading to the Masters level teaching qualification will be provided; and if he will make a statement.
(206236)
79
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, which local authorities in (a) the East Midlands and (b) England have notified to his Department the single funding formula they propose to use to deliver the provision of free places at private, voluntary and independent nurseries from 2010; and what mechanisms are in place to monitor the progress of local authorities in developing the funding formula.
(205639)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
80
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what the average hourly earnings of (a) women and (b) men undertaking part-time (i) manual and (ii) non-manual work was in each of the last five years; and what average hourly earnings for (A) women and (B) men in part-time work were in each such year.
(206319)
81
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what projections for future years have been made by the Office for National Statistics of (a) the number and (b) the proportion of schoolchildren with (i) one or both parents who were born abroad and (ii) English as a second language.
(206272)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government
82
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, pursuant to the Answer of 9th May 2008, Official Report, column 1206W, on housing: migration, what research she has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on the proportion of projected household growth attributable to net migration in England; how many such projections have been made since 1987; and what her most recent projection is of the proportion of household growth attributable to net migration.
(206253)
83
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which 20 foreign nationalities obtained the most social housing tenancies in each year since information on nationality in regard to tenancies began to be collected; and how many foreign nationals obtained such tenancies in each of those years.
(206259)
84
Mr Geoffrey Clifton-Brown (Cotswold): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many representations were received (a) for and (b) against each of the proposed eco-towns prior to the decision on which 15 sites would be shortlisted.
(206093)
85
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many families were on social housing waiting lists in each region of England in each year since 1997.
(206033)
86
Andrew Gwynne (Denton & Reddish): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what recent discussions her Department has had on the merits of establishing a Mayor for Greater Manchester.
(206088)
87
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what consultants have been contracted by her Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure her Department has incurred on each such contract to date.
(206213)
88
N
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, when she expects to receive the inquiry report from the Health and Safety Executive and the Metropolitan Police into the fatal fire at the warehouse at Atherstone-on-Stour in Warwickshire on 2nd November 2007; and if she will make a statement.
(205816)
89
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, which 10 local authorities have the (a) highest and (b) lowest levels of deprivation; and if she will make a statement.
(205992)
90
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many (a) (i) enforcement and (ii) prohibition notices were issued and (b) prosecutions were brought by fire authorities under the provisions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in each month since it came into force.
(206002)
91
John McDonnell (Hayes & Harlington): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many inspection visits to each type of premises were made by each fire authority under the provisions of the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 in each month since the Order came into force.
(206003)
92
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what mechanisms her Department has in place to monitor local authorities' expenditure of funding allocated through local involvement networks for social care.
(206248)
93
Bob Spink (Castle Point): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, if she will consider introducing changes to planning regulations and guidance to tackle levels of flood risk in the East Thames corridor; and if she will make a statement.
(206038)
94
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, how many planning applications were (a) received and (b) granted for the development of new (i) primary and (ii) secondary schools in each of the last five years; and if she will make a statement.
(206233)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport
95
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has (a) taken and (b) plans to take to improve sporting links between the United Kingdom and Israel; and if he will make a statement.
(206135)
96
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what steps he has (a) taken and (b) plans to take to improve artistic links between the United Kingdom and Israel; and if he will make a statement.
(206136)
97
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what estimate he has made of the amount of expenditure by Israeli tourists visiting the United Kingdom in (a) 2005, (b) 2006, (c) 2007 and (d) in 2008 to date; how many such visitors there were in each year; and if he will make a statement.
(206159)
98
N
Mr Don Foster (Bath): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what the value of (a) awards and (b) payments made from the New Opportunities Fund for physical education and sport was in each year since it was set up.
(205817)
99
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, what consultants have been contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure his Department has incurred on each such contract to date.
(206215)
100
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, how many people will attend all or part of the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games from (a) UK Sport and (b) Sport England; and at what cost.
(205747)
101
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with S4C on the effect of its joint production with al-Jazeera on its public service broadcasting obligations.
(206069)
102
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, whether he has had discussions with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea on the future of the Chelsea Flower Show as a major tourist event.
(206070)
103
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, who the members of the Convergence Think Tank are; what its terms of reference are; and on what dates it has met since its establishment.
(206037)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Defence
104
Mr Alistair Carmichael (Orkney and Shetland): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what national plans there are to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the First World War armistice in 2008.
(206279)
105
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what plans he has for the withdrawal of British troops from Iraq.
(205288)
106
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps he is taking to improve the assistance given to soldiers to prepare for life upon return from tours of duty in theatres of operation.
(205289)
107
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many spare parts were lost in transit in 2007-08.
(206141)
108
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the cost of fitting explosion suppressant foam to one (a) C-130K and (b) C-130J Hercules is.
(206142)
109
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, which reservist training exercises were cancelled in the last 12 months.
(206149)
110
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what percentage of service personnel were unable to take all their annual leave in each year since 2001.
(206150)
111
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, if he will place in the Library a copy of his Department's Claims Annual Report for 2007-08.
(206151)
112
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what percentage of (a) C-17 Globemaster, (b) C-130K Hercules, (c) C-130J Hercules, (d) Tristar, (e) VC-10 and (f) Nimrod aircraft are (i) in service, (ii) in the forward fleet and (iii) fit for purpose.
(206152)
113
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what percentage of the helicopter fleet is (a) in service, (b) in the forward fleet and (c) fit for purpose, broken down by (i) service and (ii) helicopter type.
(206153)
114
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many personnel were entitled to the Long Service Advance of Pay in each year since 2003; and what estimate he has made of the number of entitlements in the next three years.
(206154)
115
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many civilian employer complaints his Department received on the deployment of reserve forces in the last period for which figures are available; and what percentage of the total number of deployments this represents.
(206155)
116
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what guidance he has issued on security arrangements to ensure the safe functioning of his Department's petroleum storage depots; and if he will place in the Library a copy of such guidance.
(206156)
117
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Oral Statement by the Prime Minister of 12th December 2007, Official Report, columns 303-5, on Afghanistan, how many Sea King helicopters have been deployed to Afghanistan since December 2007.
(206178)
118
Dr Liam Fox (Woodspring): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the required complement of Territorial Army driver training instructors is; and how many such instructors there are.
(206209)
119
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Royal Navy vessels have visited Gibraltar in the last 12 months.
(205633)
120
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Tornado aircraft have been operating out of Gibraltar airport in the last 12 months.
(205634)
121
N
Mr Lindsay Hoyle (Chorley): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether Tornado aircraft are planned to continue operating out of Gibraltar over the next three years.
(205635)
122
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what targets he has for recruitment of Commonwealth citizens into the Army.
(206114)
123
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what visits were made by Army recruitment selection teams to Commonwealth countries in each year since 1997.
(206115)
124
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what percentage of the Army he estimates will be non-UK citizens in each year from 2009 to 2015.
(206116)
125
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, when he plans to update the guidance letter issued to South Africans in the British Army dated 20th February 2008 on South African legislation on mercenaries and membership of other nations' armed forces; when guidance on this subject was issued to South African personnel in (a) the Royal Navy and (b) the RAF; whether South African personnel will be able to continue to serve in the British armed forces on a conditional or qualified basis on terms set out by the South African government when the legislation comes into force; what meetings have been held between (i) officials and (ii) Ministers and the South African government to discuss the issue; and whether South African personnel in the armed forces will be granted UK citizenship if barred from membership of the UK armed forces by the legislation.
(206117)
126
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many bed-days were accounted for by service in-patients in each ward at Selly Oak Hospital in each month since the opening of the military-managed ward.
[R] (206318)
127
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how much was paid via Long Service Advance of Pay scheme in each year since its inception.
(206340)
128
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel took up the Long Service Advance of Pay in each year since its inception.
(206341)
129
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the annual cost of the Long Service Advance of Pay scheme was in each year since its inception.
(206342)
130
Mr Graham Stuart (Beverley & Holderness): To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many break-ins were reported at UK military facilities in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(206223)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
131
N
Colin Burgon (Elmet): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will discuss with representatives of the retail sector the effect on energy use of the practice of high street stores leaving their doors open to attract customers.
(205823)
132
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the status is of the GM crops (a) hybrid maize (i) MON863 x MON810, (ii) MON863 x NK603 and (iii) MON863 x MON810 x NK603, (b) GM maize (i) Bt11 and (ii) ISO7, (c) GM rice LL62 and (d) GM potato Amflora.
(206015)
133
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what bio-security measures are in place at airports and ports to prevent the importation of animal diseases from abroad; and if he will make a statement.
(206292)
134
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what progress is being made on cost-sharing for bio-security measures; and if he will make a statement.
(206293)
135
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what measures are in place to prevent the importing of bush meat.
(206294)
136
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to increase and improve the provision for modulations under the single farm payment.
(206295)
137
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to streamline the delivery of Pillar 2 monies under the Common Agricultural Policy.
(206296)
138
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what plans he has to reduce the administrative burden associated with the implementation of the integrated pollution prevention control regulation.
(206297)
139
Mr Philip Dunne (Ludlow): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the budget is for the Rural Development Programme in each year from 2007-08 to 2010-11.
(206092)
140
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what projects sponsored by his Department were subject to Gateway reviews in each of the last four years; what status each project was assigned under such reviews; how much his Department spent on Gateway reviews in each such year; and if he will make a statement.
(205868)
141
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what consultants have been contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure his Department has incurred on each such contract to date.
(206214)
142
N
Tony Lloyd (Manchester Central): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the risk to bee colonies of (a) the varroa mite and (b) other bee parasites.
(205638)
143
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 12th May 2008, Official Report, columns 1341-2W, on tobacco: EU grants and loans, what steps he is taking to persuade other EU member states to reduce levels of subsidy to tobacco producers.
(206086)
144
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, whether state aid rules apply to monies dispensed from the European Solidarity Fund to address problems faced by farmers as a result of recent severe flooding.
(205891)
145
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what percentage of Single Farm Payments due in 2007 has been paid.
(205892)
146
N
Sir Michael Spicer (West Worcestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what his policy is on whether to use badger culling as part of a package of measures to address the incidence of bovine tuberculosis.
(205893)
147
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how much was spent on the (a) enforcement and (b) prosecution of illegal waste activity in each of the last five years; and how much of this cost has been recovered through the courts.
(206241)
148
Steve Webb (Northavon): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will take steps to assess the effectiveness of reservoir safety legislation; and if he will make a statement.
(206291)
149
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, when he estimates Herefordshire will become part of the bluetongue protection zone; and when Herefordshire farmers will receive the bluetongue vaccine.
(206317)
150
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost was of setting up the national poultry register; and how many poultry keepers are registered on it.
(206325)
151
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what the cost of running the national poultry register was in each year since its introduction.
(206330)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
152
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the number of political prisoners in Cuba; and what recent representations he has made to the government of Cuba on this matter.
(206203)
153
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Chinese authorities on demonstrators and other human rights activists arrested as a result of their interventions over the situation in Tibet.
(206281)
154
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on the sentences handed down in China to demonstrators and human rights activists over Tibet; and if he will make a statement.
(206282)
155
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what reports he has received on Ethiopian troops' withdrawal from Somalia; and what discussions he has had with that government on the subject.
(206283)
156
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the recent Eritrean incursion into Djibouti.
(206284)
157
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will make a statement on the status of the UN Peacekeeping Force located in the Ethiopia-Eritrea border zone.
(206285)
158
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many unique visitors there have been to each site on his Department's Bloggers platform in the last 12 months.
(206179)
159
Mr Mark Francois (Rayleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how much his Department's Bloggers website has cost.
(206180)
160
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what consultants have been contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure his Department has incurred on each such contract to date.
(206216)
161
Miss Anne McIntosh (Vale of York): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with his (a) French, (b) Italian and (c) German counterparts on the candidates for the preferred post of President of the European Union; and if he will make a statement.
(206298)
162
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, when the next meeting of his Department's Burma stakeholder group will be held; and what the Government's objectives for the meeting are.
(206023)
163
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effects of recent actions by rebel groups in Khartoum on the viability of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in Sudan; and if he will make a statement.
(206024)
164
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, how many British expatriates are living in Khartoum; what assessment he has made of their safety following the recent attacks by rebel groups on the city; and if he will make a statement.
(206025)
165
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of President Mbeki's work on behalf of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to assist in resolving the situation after the presidential elections in Zimbabwe; and what discussions the Government has had with SADC members on this subject.
(206026)
166
Mr Keith Simpson (Mid Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the scale and nature of arms transfers from Chad to Darfur-based rebel groups; and if he will make a statement.
(206027)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Health
167
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many clinical negligence payments were made by his Department in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) primary care trust, (b) the nature of the complaint and (c) the amount paid in each case.
(206119)
168
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) males and (b) females (i) successfully and (ii) unsuccessfully claimed compensation in relation to an infection contracted in an NHS hospital by (A) themselves and (B) a family member in each year since 2001, broken down by (1) age group and (2) primary care trust.
(206120)
169
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many (a) claims and (b) settlements for clinical negligence were made in each year from 2001-02 to 2007-08 for cases arising from each hospital in Essex; and how much compensation was paid by each hospital in each year.
(206121)
170
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average time was for a claim for clinical negligence against his Department to be resolved in (a) the latest period for which figures are available and (b) 1997; and if he will make a statement.
(206122)
171
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was paid out by the National Health Service Litigation Authority in compensation in each of the last 10 years.
(206125)
172
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what funds have been set aside during the next 12 months by the National Health Service Litigation Authority in relation to (a) compensation payments to and (b) possible legal costs incurred by patients or patients' families and next of kin; and if he will make a statement.
(206126)
173
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will undertake research into the effects of abortion on the mental health of women; and if he will make a statement.
(206127)
174
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many NHS treatments involving (a) adult and (b) cord blood stem cells are ongoing; and if he will make a statement.
(206128)
175
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much compensation has been awarded by his Department to its staff since May 1997; and what the reason for compensation was in each case.
(206160)
176
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was recovered by hospitals from insurers towards the cost of treatment of persons injured in road accidents in each of the last five years for which figures are available.
(206161)
177
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what legislative provisions the National Health Service Litigation Authority is regulated; what changes have been made since enactment; what further changes are planned; and if he will make a statement.
(206162)
178
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many new ambulances were purchased by the NHS in each of the last five years.
(206344)
179
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of contracts in the NHS were awarded to non-British companies in each of the last five years; and what the value of these contracts was.
(206345)
180
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what recommendations (a) his Department and (b) the National Patient Safety Agency has made to the NHS on hand infection control against the spread of norovirus.
(206346)
181
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what products and treatments, used for infection control or cleaning purposes in NHS facilities, have been reviewed by the Rapid Review Panel since December 2005.
(206349)
182
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, when he plans to publish the findings of the evaluation of room cleaning for MRSA using vaporised hydrogen peroxide decontamination technology along with wet disinfection; and if he will make a statement.
(206350)
183
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what discussions his Department has had with foreign counterparts on methods for tackling MRSA.
(206354)
184
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many submissions the Rapid Review Panel has received to its review of products to aid cleanliness and fight infections in the NHS; when each submission was received; and on which date the Rapid Review Panel reported its results for each submission in the last year for which information is available.
(206355)
185
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will place in the Library a list of the products submitted to the Rapid Review Panel for consideration for use in fighting infection in the NHS in the last year for which information is available.
(206356)
186
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what his Department's procedure is for the introduction of new infection control technologies in the NHS following a recommendation from its Rapid Review Panel.
(206357)
187
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many products were recommended to his Department by the Rapid Review Panel for (a) development for use in the NHS and (b) for trial in an NHS clinical setting in the last year for which information is available.
(206358)
188
Philip Davies (Shipley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, under what circumstances a product or treatment may bypass a Rapid Review Panel assessment; and which (a) products and (b) treatments did so in each of the last three years for which information is available.
(206359)
189
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on potential links between cannabis use and psychosis.
(206005)
190
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many people are being treated in each primary care trust for psychosis arising from regular cannabis use.
(206006)
191
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether he plans to extend the availability of suboxone in the treatment of drug addicts.
(205809)
192
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 7th May 2008, Official Report, column 1019W, on NHS: cleaning services, if he will provide figures on decontamination reprocessing of surgical instruments and compliance with the standards contained within the Medical Devices Directive (93/42/EEC), broken down by acute trust, indicating where services are (a) contracted out to the private sector and (b) provided in-house.
(206321)
193
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of the population which consumes six grams or less of salt per day.
(206112)
194
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what guidance the Food Standards Agency provides to specific sub-groups of the population on dietary salt intake.
(206113)
195
Mr Martyn Jones (Clwyd South): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of its joint campaign with the Food Standards Agency to reduce average daily salt intake.
(206158)
196
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate his Department has made of the numbers of people admitted to hospital accident and emergency departments as a result of binge drinking in the latest period for which figures are available.
(206020)
197
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the proportion of all paid-for prescriptions which were for a long-term condition in the latest period for which figures are available, broken down by condition.
(206072)
198
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what estimate he has made of the number of people with long-term conditions aged between 16 and 60 years.
(206073)
199
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many reviews of histopathology services were conducted in each strategic health authority in each of the last three years.
(206074)
200
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many histopathology samples were reviewed by NHS trusts following concerns about discrepancies in histopathology laboratories in each of the last three years.
(206075)
201
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much was spent on NHS weight management programmes was in each primary care trust in each of the last three years.
(206076)
202
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many weight management counsellors are employed by each strategic health authority.
(206077)
203
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients were referred to weight management programmes in each strategic health authority in each of the last three years.
(206078)
204
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many patients had gastric bypass surgery in each hospital trust in each of the last three years for which figures are available.
(206079)
205
Norman Lamb (North Norfolk): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average wait for gastric bypass surgery was in each hospital trust in the last period for which figures are available.
(206080)
206
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many abortions took place in each year since 1978.
(205994)
207
Mr David Laws (Yeovil): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many requests for abortions were not approved by doctors in each year since 1978; and if he will make a statement.
(205995)
208
David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the 10 most common causes of childhood emergency (a) admissions to and (b) attendances at hospital were in each of the last five years.
(206000)
209
David Lepper (Brighton, Pavilion): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what percentage of GP consultations with children were asthma-related in each of the last five years.
(206001)
210
Tim Loughton (East Worthing & Shoreham): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what representations he has received on a national cord blood donation programme.
(206185)
211
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 6th May 2008, Official Report, columns 771-3W, on the NHS: questionnaires, what steps his Department (a) has taken and (b) plans to take as a result of the findings of each survey.
(206029)
212
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will ensure that contracts which primary care trusts, NHS trusts and foundation trusts have with private sector providers of health and social care allow members of local involvement networks to enter the premises of providers to monitor the quality of the work they provide under such contracts.
(206242)
213
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what arrangements there are for local involvement network (LINk) members to be provided with legal indemnity by his Department when they undertake activities on behalf of a LINk.
(206243)
214
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will make provision for a financial loss allowance for members of local involvement networks.
(206244)
215
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, whether budgets for local involvement networks will be increased to reflect the additional responsibilities they have compared with patients' forums.
(206245)
216
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will meet members of the National Association of LINks members to discuss the review of the NHS.
(206246)
217
Mr Alan Meale (Mansfield): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, if he will consider the merits of funding local involvement networks to help establish networks to monitor (a) cancer, (b) mental health, (c) ambulance and (d) other services commissioned regionally and nationally.
(206247)
218
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, at what meetings (a) Ministers and (b) officials have discussed the Working Time Directive with (i) EU officials, (ii) Commission members, (iii) officials from member states and (iv) Ministers from member states in the last 12 months.
(205824)
219
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 9th May 2008, Official Report, column 1258W, on doctors: working hours, if he will publish the dossier to which the Answer refers.
(205825)
220
N
Mr Stephen O'Brien (Eddisbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, pursuant to the Answer of 30th April 2007, Official Report, column 1514W, on the NHS: working hours, which other member states are seeking changes to the European Working Time Directive.
(205919)
221
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what timetable he has set for publication of the outcomes of the review of Part IX of the Drug Tariff for the provision of stoma and incontinence appliances and related services to primary care; and if he will make a statement.
(205631)
222
N
David Taylor (North West Leicestershire): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what consideration has been given to section 1.2.5.3 of the National Institute for Clinical Excellence's clinical guideline 40, on urinary incontinence, in the review into Part IX of the Drug Tariff for the provision of stoma and incontinence appliances and related services to primary care; and if he will make a statement.
(205632)
223
N
David Tredinnick (Bosworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what steps he is taking to ensure that the Food Supplements Directive and the Nutrition and Health Claims Directive are implemented in the Crown Dependencies of the United Kingdom in accordance with Protocol 3 of the UK's Treaty of Accession.
(205920)
224
N
David Tredinnick (Bosworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, with reference to the Answer of 25th October 2007, Official Report, columns 551-4W, on dietary supplements: EU law, whether the Food Standards Agency has received responses from the governments of Jersey and Guernsey to the letters it sent on 10th September 2007; and when a collective meeting with the representatives of these governments is planned to take place.
(205921)
225
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many radiographers each primary care trust has per 100,000 people in its area.
(205996)
226
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many radiographers each primary care trust had per 100,000 people in its area in each of the last five years.
(205997)
227
Jon Trickett (Hemsworth): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what proportion of women in (a) Hemsworth constituency and (b) England received cervical smear tests within the recommended period of time in the last 12 months.
(206042)
228
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how much Mid Essex Primary Care Trust received per capita in the latest period for which figures are available.
(206034)
229
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what the average level of per capita funding for primary care trusts in England was in the latest period for which figures are available.
(206035)
230
Mr John Whittingdale (Maldon & East Chelmsford): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, which primary care trusts received (a) the highest and (b) the lowest level of per capita funding in the latest period for which figures are available.
(206036)
231
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, how many GP practices which dispense over-the-counter medicines are within one mile of a pharmacy.
(206316)
232
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, what assessment he has made of the safety, efficiency and cost effectiveness implications of the plans to cease dispensing by doctors.
(206326)
233
Bill Wiggin (Leominster): To ask the Secretary of State for Health, for what reasons the Government plans to reform selling over-the-counter medicines by authorised GP practices.
(206327)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
234
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, on how many occasions the Visiting Forces Act 1952 was invoked to prevent prosecution of US military personnel under UK law in each year since 1997.
(206143)
235
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to determine the immigration status of Fouzia Ilyas, reference number J107 2668.
(206019)
236
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the 20 most frequent occupations were of approved work permit applications in each of the last 20 years.
(206256)
237
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many work permits were issued to (a) doctors and (b) nurses from each African country in 2007.
(206257)
238
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, which 20 non-EU nationalities received the most work permits for (a) doctors and (b) nurses in 2007.
(206258)
239
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many staff employed by her Department since 1st January 2007 have been discovered not to have the right to work in the United Kingdom.
(206262)
240
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many of the 1,013 foreign nationals released from prison without being considered for deportation originally identified as (a) the more serious and (b) the most serious cases (i) have been deported, (ii) have been granted leave to remain in the UK, (iii) are outstanding cases and (iv) have yet to be located.
(206264)
241
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Question 178371, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 9th January, on entry clearances.
(206265)
242
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, when she plans to answer Question 162680, tabled by the hon. Member for Hertsmere on 6th November 2007, on English language requirements for non-UK nationals.
(206266)
243
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many cases have been dealt with under the legacy exercise; how many have (a) resulted in the grant of leave to remain in the UK, (b) resulted in the removal of an individual from the UK and (c) been discovered to be the result of a duplicate file or error; and how many dependants have been granted leave to remain in the UK as the result of the grant of leave to remain to an individual.
(206269)
244
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many (a) religiously aggravated offences and (b) offences of religious harassment were recorded in each year since the introduction of such offences, broken down by the religion of the victim; and how many resulted in a (i) charge and (ii) conviction.
(206270)
245
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many failed asylum seekers were removed in each month since 1st January 2005; what the monthly predicted number of unfounded asylum applications was for each such month; in how many months the Government met its tipping point policy since the policy was introduced; and if she will make a statement on the future of the tipping point target.
(206271)
246
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of removing DNA samples from the National DNA database in each year since 1995.
(205636)
247
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the cost was of removing one individual's DNA sample from the National DNA database in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(205637)
248
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the annual cost was of retaining one individual DNA sample on the National DNA database in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(205640)
249
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what estimate her Department has made of the number of (a) drug dealers, (b) people dealing in counterfeit currency and (c) people dealing in counterfeit goods in England and Wales.
(205641)
250
N
David Davis (Haltemprice & Howden): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many crimes with a DNA match to records in the Scottish DNA Database there were in Scotland in each year since 1998.
(205642)
251
Mr David Drew (Stroud): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what the time-scale is for lifting the proscription of the People's Mujahadeen Organisation of Iran.
(206310)
252
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 31st March 2008, Official Report, column 601W, on airguns, how many of the injuries which occurred in each of the last five years were (a) serious and (b) fatal injuries, broken down by (i) age of the victim, (ii) age of the perpetrator and (iii) police force area.
(205820)
253
N
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 31st March 2008, Official Report, column 601W, on airguns, if she will breakdown the figures by (a) age of the victim, (b) age of the perpetrator and (c) police force area.
(205821)
254
Chris Huhne (Eastleigh): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 26th March 2008, Official Report, column 623W, on departmental accountancy, what the heading is of each data line her Department uploaded to HM Treasury's Combined On-line Information System in January 2008.
(206071)
255
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many incidents of (a) domestic burglary, (b) vehicle-related thefts, (c) crimes of violence against a person, (d) crimes involving a gun, knife or sharp instrument, (e) vandalism, (f) rape and (g) homicide were recorded in each parliamentary constituency in the North West in each year since 1997.
(205628)
256
N
Mark Hunter (Cheadle): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, how many anti-social behaviour orders were breached in each parliamentary constituency in the North West in each year since 1997.
(205630)
257
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the effect on crime levels of binge drinking.
(206018)
258
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what figures her Department holds on levels of binge drinking among people aged (a) under 16, (b) 16 to 24 and (c) over 24 years.
(206021)
259
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what plans she has to tackle binge drinking among adults.
(206022)
260
N
Susan Kramer (Richmond Park): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment she has made of the availability of International Child Abduction and Contact Unit information leaflets in police stations; and if she will make a statement.
(205227)
261
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, whether she has commissioned research into the effect of banning wheelclamping on private land in Scotland.
(206068)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills
262
N
Adam Afriyie (Windsor): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what steps his Department has taken to safeguard research council budgets against the effects of international currency fluctuations; and if he will make a statement.
(204996)
263
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what consultants have been contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure his Department has incurred on each such contract to date.
(206217)
264
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, pursuant to the Answer of 6th May 2008, Official Report, column 809W, on departmental public participation, what the (a) cost, (b) subject and (c) number of respondents was for each (i) survey, (ii) questionnaire and (iii) other service.
(206031)
265
Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what progress has been made by the Science and Technology Facilities Council on implementing its policy to retain key skills at Daresbury Laboratory; and if he will make a statement.
(206311)
266
N
Paddy Tipping (Sherwood): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much funding for capital expenditure will be available to further education colleges during the current spending review period.
(205678)
267
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many part-time undergraduate students there were in England at the latest date for which figures are available.
(206274)
268
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what proportion of part-time undergraduate students in England received a fee grant in the latest period for which figures are available.
(206275)
269
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was spent on fee grants for part-time undergraduate students in England in the latest period for which figures are available.
(206276)
270
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what proportion of part-time undergraduate students in England received a course grant in the latest period for which figures are available.
(206277)
271
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what expenditure on course grants for part-time undergraduate students in England was in the most recent period for which figures are available.
(206278)
272
Mr David Willetts (Havant): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many and what proportion of part-time undergraduate students in England studied (a) between 50 and 59 per cent. of a full-time course, (b) between 60 and 74 per cent. of a full-time course and (c) 75 per cent. or more of a full-time course in the last year for which figures are available.
(206315)
273
N
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how many undergraduates in universities in England from households with incomes of (a) up to £25,000, (b) £25,000 to £27,120, (c) £27,120 to £30,000, (d) £30,000 to £35,000, (e) £35,000 to £38,330 and (f) greater than £38,331 attended university in each year since 2006-07 for which figures are available.
(205866)
274
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what research on applications of umbilical cord blood his Department and its predecessors have (a) undertaken and (b) funded in the last five years.
(206009)
275
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what discussions he has had with the Secretary of State for Health on the Cord Blood Review.
(206010)
276
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, with which third sector organisations his Department is working as a strategic partner on projects relating to science and innovation.
(206299)
277
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, what estimate he has made of the number of individuals from whom the student loans company has continued to collect payments although the debt had been cleared in each year since 2001.
(206301)
278
Stephen Williams (Bristol West): To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills, how much was repaid to graduates who (a) were paying off their loans and (b) had paid off their loans as a result of overpayments to the student loans company in each year since 2001.
(206302)
Questions to the Secretary of State for International Development
279
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what poverty reduction plans which have been agreed with partner governments incorporate human rights-based benchmarks.
(206273)
280
Mr Stephen Crabb (Preseli Pembrokeshire): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, on what occasions bilateral aid has been reduced or interrupted because (a) a partner government had moved significantly away from agreed poverty reduction outcomes, (b) a partner government was in significant violation of human rights or other international obligations and (c) there had been a significant breakdown in partner government financial management and accountability since March 2005.
(206280)
281
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government has taken on the development of education in Iraq since 2003.
(205286)
282
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what steps the Government has taken to assist the Iraqi government in developing health care services since 2003.
(205287)
283
N
Mr Jim Cunningham (Coventry South): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how much the Government has allocated to Iraq for reconstruction purposes since 2003.
(205290)
284
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, how many times he has met the Foreign Secretary to discuss the Government's emergency relief aid respone to Burma following Cyclone Nargis; and if he will make a statement.
(206333)
285
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, which sections within his Department are responsible for co-ordinating the Government's emergency relief aid response to Burma following Cyclone Nargis; and if he will make a statement.
(206334)
286
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, to which natural disasters the Government has responded with the supply of emergency relief aid in the last 10 years; how much aid was supplied in each case in terms of (a) weight and (b) value; and if he will make a statement.
(206335)
287
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what performance indicators his Department uses to measure the effectiveness of its response in providing emergency relief aid following a natural disaster; and if he will make a statement.
(206336)
288
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with which companies his Department has contracts to supply air freight services in response to humanitarian needs caused by natural disasters; and if he will make a statement.
(206337)
289
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, with which companies his Department has a contract or contracts to supply emergency relief including food, waste purification and tents in response to humanitarian needs caused by natural disasters; and if he will make a statement.
(206338)
290
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what performance measures his Department includes in contracts with companies supplying and freighting UK Government emergency aid relief following natural disasters; and if he will make a statement.
(206347)
291
Mr Edward Davey (Kingston & Surbiton): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what information his Department holds on the countries and organisations that supplied one aircraft or more carrying emergency relief aid to Burma in the first 10 days following Cyclone Nargis; and if he will make a statement.
(206348)
292
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for International Development, what consultants have been contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure his Department has incurred on each such contract to date.
(206218)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Justice
293
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what training judges receive on consistency in sentencing; what steps he (a) has taken and (b) plans to take to encourage consistency in sentencing; and if he will make a statement.
(206129)
294
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what recent guidelines his Department has issued to judges about consistency of sentencing; and if he will make a statement.
(206130)
295
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what (a) recent representations he has received from and (b) discussions he has had with the police on sentencing policy; and if he will make a statement.
(206131)
296
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many (a) males and (b) females were (i) prosecuted and (ii) convicted of an offence under the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929, broken down by age group, in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(206132)
297
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what the average sentence was for a person convicted of an offence under the Infant Life (Preservation) Act 1929 in each of the last 10 years; and if he will make a statement.
(206133)
298
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what (a) primary and (b) secondary legislation regulates the appointment of judges; what changes have been made since enactment; what further changes are planned; what discussions he has had with (i) the Bar Council and (ii) Law Society about such legislation; and if he will make a statement.
(206134)
299
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance is in force on the use of personal music systems by prisoners, with particular reference to permissible volume levels.
(205810)
300
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many television sets are available for use by prisoners in prisons in England and Wales; and at what cost.
(205811)
301
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what guidance is in place on the wearing of uniforms by prisoners; and if he will make a statement.
(205812)
302
N
Mr Nigel Evans (Ribble Valley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many computer game consoles are available for use by prisoners in prisons in England and Wales; and how much it costs to provide them.
(205813)
303
N
Mr Paul Goodman (Wycombe): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what institutional arrangements are in place for the aftercare of Muslim prisoners.
(205894)
304
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what consultants have been contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure his Department has incurred on each such contract to date.
(206219)
305
N
Andrew Mackinlay (Thurrock): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, whether the marked electoral register is excluded from the disclosure provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000; and if he will make a statement.
(205649)
306
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, how many people were convicted of falsifying information given on an electoral registration form in the most recent 24 month period for which figures are available.
(206300)
307
Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what assessment he has made of the effectiveness of the Thorncross Young Offenders Institute Fire Cadet scheme run in partnership with Cheshire Fire Service in (a) promoting social responsibility in and (b) providing positive role models for participants from the prison estate; and if he will make a statement on the future of this initiative within the Prison Service.
(206312)
308
Helen Southworth (Warrington South): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what provision has been commissioned by the Youth Justice Board for young offenders in the North West under the age of 18 considered suitable for an open young offenders institution place; and if he will make a statement.
(206313)
309
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, pursuant to the Answer of 2nd April 2008, Official Report, column 1061W, on deportation: offenders, what further progress has been made on prisoner transfer agreements.
(206085)
310
N
Ann Winterton (Congleton): To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, what (a) procedures and (b) protections apply in (i) magistrates' courts and (ii) the Crown Court for defendants with a severe stammer.
(205643)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
311
Mr Gregory Campbell (East Londonderry): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, how many days off work due to stress-related illnesses there were on average among police personnel in Northern Ireland in (a) 2002 and (b) 2007.
(206251)
312
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, what consultants have been contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure his Department has incurred on each such contract to date.
(206220)
Questions to the Minister for the Olympics
313
N
Hugh Robertson (Faversham & Mid Kent): To ask the Minister for the Olympics, how many (a) Ministers, (b) Government officials, (c) Olympics Delivery Agency staff and (d) London Organising Committee of Olympic Games members and staff will attend all, or part, of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games; and at what cost.
(205719)
Questions to the Prime Minister
314
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Prime Minister, when the Dalai Lama has met the holder of his Office in Downing Street during the past 30 years.
(206322)
315
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Prime Minister, where he plans to meet the Dalai Lama during his forthcoming visit.
(206323)
316
Peter Bottomley (Worthing West): To ask the Prime Minister, what message he sent to the government of China following the earthquake in Chongqing.
(206324)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
317
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what issues have been considered by the Aviation Health Working Group since its inception in March 2001; and if she will make a statement.
(206137)
318
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the membership of the External Advisory Group looking at airport-related issues is; on what dates it has met since September 2004; and which of those meetings have been attended by Ministers.
(206138)
319
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what analytical issues are subject to consideration by the Eddington Friends group; and if she will make a statement.
(206139)
320
Norman Baker (Lewes): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consideration she has given to the merits of amending biofuel targets to base them on potential greenhouse gas savings.
(206140)
321
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what recent discussions her Department has had with train operating companies on the introduction of smartcard ticketing; and if she will make a statement.
(206204)
322
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what cost-benefit analysis her Department has undertaken into smartcard ticketing across the rail network.
(206205)
323
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate her Department has made of the number of posted items received by the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency in each year since 2001.
(206286)
324
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the longest distance is that learner drivers are expected to travel to take a driving test.
(206249)
325
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate she has made of the size of population that each driving test centre should serve.
(206250)
326
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the reason was for her issue of advice to local authorities on 14th February for them to order temporary concessionary travel passes.
(206306)
327
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, when she was first informed that Smartcard passes might not be ready by 1st April 2008.
(206307)
328
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what the reasons are for the time taken to produce the Smartcard passes for the concessionary travel scheme; what assessment she has made of where responsibility for the delay to the time taken for production falls; and if she will make a statement.
(206308)
329
Mr James Gray (North Wiltshire): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, how many concessionary scheme bus passes have not been issued on the original timetable; and if she will make a statement.
(206309)
330
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what projects sponsored by her Department were subject to Gateway reviews in each of the last four years; what status each project was assigned under such reviews; how much her Department spent on Gateway reviews in each such year; and if she will make a statement.
(205867)
331
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what consultants have been contracted by her Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure her Department has incurred on each such contract to date.
(206206)
332
Mr Stewart Jackson (Peterborough): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, if officials in her Department will meet representatives of Arriva Trains Cross Country in advance of decisions related to the December 2008 timetable change to discuss the provision of earlier weekday and weekend services between Peterborough and Stansted Airport.
(206028)
333
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, pursuant to the Answer of 8th May 2008, Official Report, columns 1062-6W, on departmental public participation, how much each (a) survey and (b) piece of qualitative research cost; and how many participants there were in each.
(206030)
334
Dr Andrew Murrison (Westbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what discussions she has had with the European Commission on the work of the CURACAO User Group; whether she has allocated resources to the project in relation to road pricing schemes; what discussions she has had with the project on advice to local authorities on road pricing; what assessment she has made of the contribution of the project to the development of proposals for road pricing schemes in England; and if she will make a statement.
(206343)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Wales
335
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what consultants have been contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure his Department has incurred on each such contract to date.
(206207)
336
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Wales, what information he holds on the percentage of public sector jobs in Wales that require the ability to read or speak Welsh.
(206066)
Questions to the Minister for Women and Equality
337
Mrs Theresa May (Maidenhead): To ask the Minister for Women and Equality, pursuant to the Answer of 6th May 2008, Official Report, column 806W, on departmental responsibilities, when the Government plans to issue a formal response to the consultation on the Equality Bill's proposals.
(206032)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
338
Tony Baldry (Banbury): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what reservations the Government plans to enter against the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities prior to its ratification.
(206016)
339
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 12th May 2008, Official Report, columns 1299-1301W, on employment, if he will break down the figures in Table D, foreign nationals, into (a) EU and (b) non EU citizens.
(206255)
340
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many people were (a) convicted and (b) received a custodial sentence in respect of an offence of benefit fraud in (i) each of the last two years and (ii) each quarter of each of the last two years; and how many were dealt with by way of caution in the same period.
(206260)
341
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many national insurance numbers were issued to (a) Romanian and (b) Bulgarian citizens in each quarter since 1st January 2007.
(206261)
342
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what overseas visits he has undertaken since taking up his post.
(206267)
343
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many jobcentres he has visited since taking up his post.
(206268)
344
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, pursuant to the Answer of 9th May 2008, Official Report, column 1289W, on national insurance: immigrants, how many individuals were on the list of those whose licences had been revoked supplied by the Security Industry Authority to his Department; and when his Department began checking the national insurance numbers and national insurance status of the illegal workers.
(206320)
345
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how much the Benefit Fraud Hotline and associated services cost in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(206007)
346
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the value of benefits stopped following investigation of reports to the Benefit Fraud Hotline was in each of the last five years for which figures are available, broken down by type of benefit; and if he will make a statement.
(206008)
347
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many convictions for benefit fraud relating to each type of benefit were made arising from reports to the Benefit Fraud Hotline in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(206011)
348
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many prosecutions for benefit fraud relating to each type of benefit were brought following investigation of reports to the Benefit Fraud Hotline in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(206012)
349
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many cases of benefit fraud relating to each type of benefit arising from reports to the Benefit Fraud Hotline were formally investigated in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(206013)
350
Lynne Featherstone (Hornsey & Wood Green): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, how many incidents of benefit fraud relating to each type of benefit were reported to the Benefit Fraud Hotline in each of the last five years for which figures are available; and if he will make a statement.
(206014)
351
Julia Goldsworthy (Falmouth & Camborne): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what estimate he has made of the percentage of eligible (a) households and (b) pensioner households which claimed council tax benefit in each region of England in each year since 1997.
(206118)
352
N
Justine Greening (Putney): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what projects sponsored by his Department were subject to Gateway reviews in each of the last four years; what status each project was assigned under such reviews; how much his Department spent on Gateway reviews in each such year; and if he will make a statement.
(205870)
353
N
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what plans there are for administering curfews by the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission.
(205922)
354
N
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what safeguards for children will be in place if the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission uses bailiffs to seize non-payers' property.
(205923)
355
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what steps he is planning to take account of the costs of both parents in looking after their children in the child maintenance system.
(206200)
356
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what the budget of the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission will be for (a) enforcement and (b) encouraging voluntary arrangements in 2008-09.
(206201)
357
Kate Hoey (Vauxhall): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what account the Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission will take of the savings and capital of non-resident parents (a) before and (b) after a application for maintenance is made by the resident parent.
(206202)
358
Stewart Hosie (Dundee East): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what consultants have been contracted by his Department to conduct public participation activities in the last three years; and how much expenditure his Department has incurred on each such contract.
(206208)
359
N
David Howarth (Cambridge): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, whether (a) addresses and (b) rental values were used by the Rent Service to determine the median rent for the Broad Market Rental Area in which Cambridge lies.
(205721)
360
Lynne Jones (Birmingham, Selly Oak): To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, what (a) training and (b) support options are offered to (i) those in receipt of jobseeker's allowance, (ii) those in receipt of incapacity benefit, (iii) those on the New Deal for lone parents and (iv) partners of a New Deal claimant; and for what reasons distinctions are made between the options available to those in each category.
(206081)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform
361
Mr David Amess (Southend West): To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, how much trade with Israel contributed to the United Kingdom's gross domestic product in each of the last five years for which information is available.
[Transferred] (206124)
Questions to Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer
362
Mrs Linda Riordan (Halifax): To ask Mr Chancellor of the Exchequer, if he will place in the Library a copy of the Prime Minister's Office's recent report on academies; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (206176)
Questions to the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
363
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, what estimate he has made of the number of inward migrants to the UK intending to stay for 12 months or more who cited work-related purposes as the main reason for migration in each of the last three years for which figures are available; and how many work permit holders were given leave to enter the UK in each of those years.
[Transferred] (206263)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
364
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many local authorities in England employed dog wardens in each year since 2000; and if he will make a statement.
[Transferred] (206082)
365
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, how many successful prosecutions were brought for breeding fighting dogs in (a) 2006 and (b) 2007.
[Transferred] (206083)
366
Mr Gordon Prentice (Pendle): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will review the operation and effectiveness of the legislation on dangerous dogs.
[Transferred] (206084)
367
Mr John Spellar (Warley): To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, if he will convene a forum among representatives of supermarkets to discuss an industry-wide approach to reducing the use of plastic bags.
[Transferred] (206067)
Questions to the Secretary of State for the Home Department
368
Mr James Clappison (Hertsmere): To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, further to the Prime Minister's Statement of 14th November 2007 on national security, how many of the 24 foreign nationals then subject to deportation proceedings on national security grounds (a) have been deported, (b) have not been deported following a decision by a court, (c) have been given the right to remain in the UK and (d) have cases which are outstanding.
[Transferred] (206254)
Questions to the Secretary of State for Transport
369
Ms Sally Keeble (Northampton North): To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what estimate her Department has made of the number of road traffic accidents associated with binge drinking in the latest period for which figures are available.
[Transferred] (206017)

 
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